Folic acid looks more likely to be compulsorily added to bread after Food Standards Agency (FSA) research found that 50% of the population backed the move.The FSA will decide in the next week whether to recommend that the Department of Health introduces folic acid as a mandatory additive; the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy have already reported that this would reduce the number of babies born with spina bifida.Federation of Bakers’ director Gordon Polson said the decision to fortify bread should be a medical one but added there would be a number of considerations if the move got the go-ahead. “The most practical way of adding folic acid would be at the flour mill rather than at a manufacturing plant – it wouldn’t be something we’d want to do,” he said. “It wouldn’t be practical.”
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC is in a dilemma over whether to participate in by-elections due in June this year.The Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC successfully won the recall of 21 MPs who had joined a splinter party throwing their seats vacant and necessitating the polls.The MDC has been riddled by leadership wrangles after losing in the July 2013 elections last year the former secretary general, Tendai Biti, broke away with 20 other legislators to form the MDC renewal.Tsvangirai hit back calling for their ouster from parliament since they no longer represented the party on whose ticket they had won their election two weeks ago he got his way but now faces another headache.Whether or not to participate in by elections for the vacant.MDC Spokesperson Obert Gutu says One of the key resolutions that was agreed upon at congress was that the MDC shall not participate in any election in Zimbabwe until such time that electoral reforms are carried out.The MDC wants an electronic voters roll, unbiased coverage in public media and equal access to all parts of the country particularly ZANU PF dominated rural areas.It’s unlikely the changes will be made before June and that is the cause of the MDC’s conundrum.The party’s national council is due to meet here in the next few days to answer the burning question to contest or not to contest.One person who certainly won’t be contesting is Willias Madzimure, one of the recalled MP’s.He and his counterparts will have their challenge to their recall heard by the constitutional court in a fortnight but he says if the ruling goes against them he won’t try to win back his seat.
Pembroke Pines water safe to drink Pembroke Pines city officials hope an upcoming meeting will shed light on the health department’s position on the city’s water quality.The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the City Commission chambers at 10100 Pines Blvd.“The mayor has called this special meeting because he wants to hear directly from the Florida Department of Health in person about what their advisory means, in the most layman’s of terms, and whether or not there should be any concern,” the city manager’s office said in a statement Tuesday.The state health department took issue with a February 23 letter from the city, in which the city said the water was safe to drink.In a letter to Pembroke Pines, the health department said at the end of 2016, half of the city’s six sampling sites had higher levels of trihalomethanes than allowed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trihalomethanes form when water disinfectants, such as chlorine, react with organic material in water.One sample site remains above the limit, meaning the city is still in violation of the regulation, the health department said. A health department spokesman said the City Commission requested Wednesday’s meeting to publicly answer questions about the violations and the quality of the water.The city says the situation is not an emergency and water does not require boiling at this point, but said people who are pregnant, elderly or have a severely compromised immune system should consult a doctor before drinking the water.