Folic Acid

Food Supplements Europe (FSE):

EFSA: "Increasing maternal folate status contributes to the reduction of the risk of NTD.”

EFSA (finally) backs folate supplements for neural tube defects


Europe’s head science agency has joined other international authorities in backing B vitamin folate’s ability to reduce neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida and hydrocephalus in early-stage foetuses.

Time for mandatory folic acid fortification to go truly global?

Special edition: Battling malnutrition

Time for mandatory folic acid fortification to go truly global?

By Shane Starling

Food fortification with neural tube defect (NTD)-reducing folic acid is mandatory in 75 nations, but concerns over cancer and other health issues mean Europe lags far behind  – a situation that needs to change and quickly, says DSM thinktank, sightandlife.

The conversation has built and is set to be decided soon, following latest consultation paper...

New Zealand finally set to decide on folic acid fortification?

By Kacey Culliney

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has called for submissions on its latest consultation paper set to decide between mandatory implementation of folic acid fortification or a continued voluntary policy.

Give us this day our daily bread: Mark Fairweather is calling on retailers to pay bakers more for bread

Allied Bakeries boss warns of bread price rises

By Rick Pendrous

Mark Fairweather, chief executive of Allied Bakeries, has called on retailers to accept inevitable bread price rises due to rising input costs, and specifically pressure arising from global speculation on wheat.

Bread: To fortify or not to fortify? That is the folic acid question concerning some New Zealand parliamentarians

Calls for voluntary folic acid fortification in NZ grow

By Shane Starling

New Zealand opposition party members are calling on the government to fortify the country’s flour supply and bread output with folic acid, following reports of the success of a similar program across the Tasman Sea in Australia.


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