Profiling national mandatory folic acid fortification policy around the world

Lawrence, Mark A. and Kripalani, Karishma 2013, Profiling national mandatory folic acid fortification policy around the world, in Handbook of food fortification and health: from concepts to public health applications, vol. 2, Springer Science & Business Media, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.277-289.

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Title Profiling national mandatory folic acid fortification policy around the world
Author(s) Lawrence, Mark A.
Kripalani, Karishma
Title of book Handbook of food fortification and health: from concepts to public health applications, vol. 2
Editor(s) Preedy, Victor R
Srirajaskanthan, Rajaventhan
Patel, Vinood B
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 22
Total chapters 34
Start page 277
End page 289
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) folic acid
mandatory fortification
neural tube defects
evidence
ethics
Summary Mandatory food fortification “occurs when governments legally oblige food producers to fortify particular foods or categories of foods with specified micronutrients” [1]. Because mandatory food fortification exposes everyone in the population who consumes the fortified food(s) to raised levels of the specified micronutrient, it is one of the most powerful policy instruments available to influence dietary intake and population health outcomes. Many national food regulatory authorities have established policy guidance on mandatory food fortification. From an international perspective, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) provides principles for the addition of essential nutrients to foods [2]. According to these Codex principles, mandatory food fortification with additional vitamins and minerals is recommended where there is proven public health and nutrition need (Note: these principles are under review at the time of writing).
ISBN 9781461471097
9781461471103
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052695

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: Population Health
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