Consultation launched into adding folic acid to flour

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…
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