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Assessing the case for mandatory folate fortification : policy-making in the face of scientific uncertainties

Lawrence, Mark 2005, Assessing the case for mandatory folate fortification : policy-making in the face of scientific uncertainties, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 328-330.

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Title Assessing the case for mandatory folate fortification : policy-making in the face of scientific uncertainties
Author(s) Lawrence, Mark
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 29
Issue number 4
Start page 328
End page 330
Publisher Public Health Association of Australia
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Publication date 2005-08
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Keyword(s) women and health
pregnancy
nutrition
birth defects
neural tube defects
food additives
folic acid
Summary This paper presents the view that policymakers face scientific uncertainties in assessing the case for mandatory folate fortification as a policy response to epidemiological evidence of the relationship between folate and neural tube defects. Moreover, the resolution of these uncertainties is confounded by the under-resourced state of nutrition information systems in Australia and New Zealand. The uncertainties relate to potential risks and benefits associated with the intervention for the target group and the population in general. These risks and benefits reflect the mismatch between evidence and policy that arises when addressing a presumed genetic abnormality in at-risk individuals with an intervention that is population-wide in its scope. There is an urgent need to conduct ongoing national nutrition surveys and monitor and evaluate policy interventions to strengthen the capacity of nutrition information systems to inform decision-making for this current, and future, public health nutrition policy.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Public Health Association of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003072

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