New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Declaration of Policy
Since nineteen hundred forty-five the legislature has recognized the need for providing satisfactory nutritional levels in bread and flour. The legislature now finds that undernourishment still exists in a substantial number of families in this state including, but not limited to, families whose diet is restricted by economic, cultural, or social factors. In order to insure that these nutritional guarantees apply notwithstanding cultural and other differences in dietary patterns, the legislature hereby extends the authority of the commissioner of agriculture and markets to require the enrichment of food products, to include other staple foods such as rice, macaroni and noodle products. The legislature also finds that in the interest of public health, the statutory enrichment program should be made more flexible in order to take advantage of present and future developments in nutritional knowledge and food technology.