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June 30, 1978

Iron-Fortified Food

JAMA. 1978;239(26):2760. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280530024013

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An EDITORIAL in the May 12 issue of The Journal (239:2026-2027, 1978) entitled "The Safety of Iron-Fortified Food" mistakenly stated on page 2027, column 1, lines 16 through 18, that "The commissioner [of the Food and Drug Administration] received the findings of the administrative law judge in August 1974, but has not yet made known his decision." Actually, the commissioner published in the Federal Register, Nov 18, 1977, page 59513, a tentative order concerning iron fortification of flour and bread that proposes to restore former provisions of the regulations concerning the iron fortification of enriched flour and bread products and withdraws the stayed amendment that would have increased the added iron content thereof. The commissioner of the FDA has concluded that the increases of iron are not proved to be needed, safe, or effective.

The editorial was written, accepted for publication, and edited before the commissioner's order appeared in the