Fortification. Folic acid and spina bifida. Is it safe? Is it wise? Is it right?

Lawrence, Mark 2013, Fortification. Folic acid and spina bifida. Is it safe? Is it wise? Is it right?, World nutrition, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 95-111.

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Title Fortification. Folic acid and spina bifida. Is it safe? Is it wise? Is it right?
Author(s) Lawrence, Mark
Journal name World nutrition
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 95
End page 111
Total pages 17
Publisher World Public Health Nutrition Association
Place of publication Online
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 2041-9775
Keyword(s) food fortification
mandatory fortification
folic acid
birth defects
Summary Food fortification takes many forms. The example discussed here is unusual, because in many countries now it is required by law: the fortification of flour with the B vitamin folic acid, or MFFFA for short. Voluntary fortification of various food products was first used to help prevent and control child and maternal anaemia associated with folate deficiency (1). In the mid-1990s, policy-makers in various countries began considering using mandatory fortification under a novel policy paradigm, that fortification was needed to increase the folic acid intake and protect the health status of people who had a special requirement for this nutrient, irrespective of the folate status of the population as a whole.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052558

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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