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U.K. To Finally Act On Folic Acid Fortification Of Flour

October 15, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
British Prime Minister Theresa May is backing a plan to add folate supplement to bread flour to stem the tide of neural tube defects occurring in early stage fetuses: at least two pregnancies a week are terminated because of the defect, which leads to conditions like spina bifida. The U.K. has one of the highest rates of neural tube defects in Europe; folic acid fortification could help alleviate the problem. The Royal College of Midwives has urged the government to introduce mandatory fortification “as soon as possible.” Senior British government sources suggest the change could be made a reality within weeks. [Image Credit: © Hanjörg Scherzer from Pixabay]
Alex Matthews-King , "Folic acid 'to be added to flour' to reduce serious birth defects in U.K.", independent.co.uk, October 15, 2018, © independent.co.uk
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