The Grain Millers Association has filed a High Court application challenging the mandatory food fortification programme by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

The mandatory food fortification was effected at the beginning of September.

The association argues that there were no consultations carried out to establish the needs and expectations of the consumers before the programme was put in place.

In terms of the provisions of the food fortification regulations, mealie meal, flour, cooking oil and sugar, among other basic products, must be added with some nutrients before packaging.

The association is convinced that it will be a travesty of justice if all the food is subjected to mandatory fortification, adding that consumers must be given a choice.

In an affidavit filed at the High Court, the Deputy Chairperson of the Grain Millers Association, Thembinkosi Ndlovu argued that the regulations are grossly unreasonable.

The applicant is therefore seeking the setting aside of the food fortification law.