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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Bakers association has a reason to party on Capitol Hill: folic acid!

Grains plus folic acid: a recipe for a party! (Carla Gottgens - BLOOMBERG)
Here’s one of the most only-in-Washington events we’ve seen in a while. The American Bakers Association is feting an arcane accomplishment on Wednesday at a Capitol Hill celebration: folks, prepare to raise a glass to “the fortification of enriched grains with folic acid.”

A party at which lawmakers can celebrate acid? Timothy Leary would have been proud.

And if that doesn’t get you in a party-down mood, consider this factoid: folic acid consumption is critical for the prevention of birth defects (yes, that’s actually on the invitation).

The bakers’ group, which reps the wholesale baking industry, calls folic-acid fortification “one of the top ten public health achievements in this century.” Does this mean we can soon expect a cocktail soiree for the polio vaccine? Hors d’oeuvres for seat belts? Tequila shots for Viagra?

We’re breaking out our party hats.

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