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: 👉
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.