Decision due on folic acid18th May 2007
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will decide on 17 May if bread in the UK should be fortified with folic acid.
The organisation is considering the move to decrease the number of pregnancies affected by neural tube defects (NTD) such as spina bifada. 1,200 pregnancies in the UK are affected by NTD per annum and in 85% of cases this results in termination. The Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (Asbah) says taking folic acid could prevent about 75% of NTD cases in pregnancy. Folic acid is already used to fortify flour in the USA, Canada and 37 other countries.
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Title: Decision due on folic acid
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 2890
Date Added: 18th May 2007