BDA joins call for long-delayed consultation on folic acid fortification

10 May 2019

Today the British Dietetic Association has joined the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Nutrition Society, the British Nutrition Foundation, SHINE the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus charity and others to call on government to release a long delayed consultation on folic acid fortification of flour. 

The BDA is signatory to a joint letter to Seema Kennedy MP, the Public Health Minister with responsibility for the government's policy on folic acid fortification. The consultation was first announced in October 2018, but more than six months later has still not been released.

Folic acid is proven to reduce the occurence of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) during pregnancy but needs to be taken in advance of pregnancy to be effective. 

Unfortunately, there is a significant downward trend in folate intake amongst women of childbearing age, reflected in a fall in blood folate levels, with 90% of women of childbearing age in the UK now having a blood folate concentration under the level associated with reduced risk of NTDs.

All the organisations who have signed the letter want the government to push on with a consultation so that a full and open discussion can be had about the merits of the policy. 

The full letter can be read here or view it below. Find out more about the BDA's policy and campaigning about folic acid fortification here.  

Seema Kennedy Letter re Folic Acid

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