WHEAT FLOUR: ENRICH OR NOT ENRICH?
February 9, 12:00

The Armenian society has welcomed the Government’s bill on the wheat flour enrichment with contradicting opinions. The Ministry of Health describes the enrichment of high quality flour with premixes, namely iron and folic acid, as a positive step since it, according to the ministry experts, aims to prevent anemia among certain society groups.

Those who oppose the initiative point out the possible danger to the public health the enrichment may bring about. The flour enrichment may cause excess of folic acid and iron in the organism and endanger human lives.  

Currently, 82 countries in the world have laws regarding enrichment of at least one species of corn. The Health Ministry experts stress “the international positive practice” as a pro argument for the adoption of the law. 

“In a lot of developed countries, for example USA, flour enrichment is compulsory. The international statistics shows there is only positive outcome. Wheat contains folic acid and nutrients necessary for a human organism which is lost while being grinded. The law adoption will lead to the restoration of what is lost in mills not enriching flour with chemicals,” said Karine Saribekyan, head of the Mother and Children’s Department at the Health Ministry.

The Media Center initiated panel discussion on the bill of flour enrichment was attended by Hrayr Aslanyan, head of the Public Health Department at the Health Ministry; Karine Saribekyan, head of the Mother and Children’s Department at the Health Ministry; Smbat Daghbashyan, head of the Hematology Center after prof. R. Yolyan; Babken Pipoyan, head of 'Informed and Protected Consumer' NGO; Ashot Karapetyan, biophysics specialist; Susanna Baghdasaryan, biochemistry specialist; and Eduard Zorikyan, writer, song writer.

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