Folic acid fortification
Folic acid, known as folate when found in its natural form in food, is a water-soluble vitamin. Humans have a daily dietary intake requirement of 200mcg. This vitamin is necessary to produce and maintain new cells and is therefore especially important during periods of rapid new growth such as during pregnancy, where a dose of 400mcg is recommended. Inadequate blood levels of folate at this time increase the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs).
Mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid has been under consideration in the UK for many years, but due to continuing concerns over adverse effects in some fractions of the population no decision has been reached.
The Government recently announced that it would consult on folic acid fortification of flour in early 2019.
nabim has always held the view that it is for government to decide upon public health matters. Should the government decide to introduce mandatory fortification, the flour milling industry would work with them to find the best way of achieving this.