Adding folic acid to flour
We want your views on whether flour millers should be required by law to add folic acid to flour.
Department of Health and Social Care
Around 1,000 pregnancies are diagnosed with neural tube defects each year in the UK. Over 40% of these cases are fatal. Fortifying flour with folic acid (vitamin B9) could prevent up to 200 birth defects a year. Share your views in our consultation: 👉
Prof. Azeem Majeed
The four UK health departments have launched a public consultation on proposals to add folic acid to flour. Raising folate levels in women would help reduce the number of babies born with neural tube defects.