Consultation launched into adding folic acid to flour

Consultation launched into adding folic acid to flour - MTG UK -

Consultation launched into adding folic acid to flour

Consultation launched into adding folic acid to flour.

Adding folic acid to flour could cut the number of neural tube defect-affected pregnancies in the UK, according to experts.

Consultation launched into adding folic acid to flour - MTG UK -

A 12-week consultation has been launched on whether folic acid should be added to flour.

According to Public Health England, nine in every 10 women aged 16 to 49 have blood folate levels associated with increased risk of neural tube defect-affected pregnancy.

Neural tube defects include spina bifida (abnormal development of the spine) and anencephaly, which affects the brain.

Around 1,000 pregnancies are affected by neural tube defects each year in the UK and more than 40% of those cases result in a baby’s death.

But experts say that adding folic acid to flour could prevent around 200 birth defects.

More than 60 other countries, including Australia, Canada and the US, already add folic acid to flour and Australia has seen a 14% drop in neural tube defects since then.

Consultation launched into adding folic acid to flour

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