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January 20, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(3):160-161. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860030032010

Among the important applications of the numerous advances in nutrition is the development of the program for enrichment of food. By order of the War Food Administration all baker's white bread, white rolls and sweet rolls must be enriched with vitamins of the B complex and iron to stated levels. The content of enriched baked goods in thiamine, niacin and iron is thus brought to the desirable high levels of these constituents found in similar products made from whole wheat flour. The value required for riboflavin slightly exceeds that of whole wheat preparations.

The continuance of these benefits to the nation's nutritional standard is not now assured beyond the duration of the emergency. The compulsory enrichment of baker's white bread and rolls terminates with the resolution of the wartime powers of the War Food Administration. The problem then reverts to the individual states as to whether enrichment of these foods

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