ANKARA — TheMinistry of Food Agriculture and Livestock imposed a TL 12,000 fine on each of 1,159 bakeries that failed to comply with new health standards in bread making.
Under new regulations implemented in January 2012, the ministry ordered a 25 percent reduction in salt and 60 percent reduction in bran for bread. Bakeries are also required to sell whole wheat bread under the regulation.
Following a deadline on June 1, 2013, ministry officials started a nationwide inspection of 20,000 bakeries.
The government launched a campaign in 2012 to promote whole wheat bread instead of traditional bread made of white flour over concerns about white bread's adverse affect on health. Whole wheat bread is recommended for providing protection against heart diseases, diabetes and hypertension.