Plans for mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid in New Zealand could be abandoned, after the government said it was taking advice on the issue.

Bakers have lobbied hard against fortification, due to come into effect in September, since the country’s previous Labour government announced the plans in 2007. The new Conservative administration is now reviewing the decision and will take into account a survey that found 87% of people were against the plan.

Under the proposed legislation, all commercially baked bread, except organic bread, would contain 80-100 micrograms of folic acid per 100g of bread.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency has put plans for mandatory fortification of bread on hold, while it awaits research results.