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UK food agency reaffirms its advice that addition of folic acid to flour should be compulsory

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4369 (Published 23 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4369
  1. Ann McGauran
  1. 1London

    As a result of a review of new evidence on potential cancer risks, the Food Standards Agency in the UK has restated its position that adding folic acid to flour should be mandatory.

    The agency said that an expert working group, which included members of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), had reviewed two studies on folic acid and the risk of colorectal cancer. The group also considered the confidential combined results of trials that had investigated the effect of B vitamins, including folic acid, on cardiovascular disease and cancer.

    The working group, which also included members of the independent Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment and an external cancer expert, concluded that …

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