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Sixty seconds on . . . fortified flour

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 14 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4241
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The year of fortification?

It would seem so. The UK government has announced a consultation1 on introducing mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid to help reduce neural tube defects in babies, by raising the folate levels of women who could become pregnant.

What’s the rationale?

The UK currently has 1000 diagnoses of neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly every year, and evidence …

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