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Letters Folic acid fortification

Folic acid and vitamin B12 fortification of food for preventing neural tube defects in Europe

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 06 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1572

Re: Folic acid. Where is public education?

Whilst the article on folic acid and its potential dangers is important, perhaps equally so is the lack of knowledge about taking folic acid supplements before pregnancy and in the first trimester. This seems to have now dropped out of education in schools or the wider community, much as the public health advice on vitamin D is 'news ' to most people. See NHS Choices, vitamin supplementation, for the advice available. But why does the NHS/public health not use social media, etc, to push this message?

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 April 2018
john sharvill
Deal Kent