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UK government consults public on compulsory folate fortification

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:873
  1. Robert Short
  1. London

    The United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency is to consult consumers on mandatory food fortification with folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects. A 12 week consultation will start in May 2006, in which the agency will seek the views of consumers, industry, and other stakeholders.

    In addition, the agency's board has requested clarification on the subject from the independent scientific advisory committee on nutrition, which advises the government. The agency will then make a recommendation to UK health ministers in September.

    The …

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