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April 6, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(14):1288. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970490086021

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To the Editor:—  We were very interested to read the report "A Brief History of the Enrichment of Flour and Bread" by Dr. Russell Wilder, published in The Journal, Dec. 22, page 1539, but we feel that, although inevitably the facts had to be condensed, the report does less than justice to the pioneer work of the British milling industry. It was in 1938 that the industry, to whom we are advisers, decided as a first step and on the advice of one of us to enrich white flour with vitamin B1. To this end arrangements were made with one of the large pharmaceutical firms to produce the vitamin at an economical price and on a scale that would be sufficient to enrich all the flour in the country.In 1939, on the outbreak of World War II, the government took over the control of the milling industry and

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