Folic Acid:Written question - HL1781

Asked by Lord Rooker
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Department of Health
Folic Acid
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with the science community, inside or outside Government, regarding the updated recommendations on folic acid published by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition on 12 July.
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) advises Public Health England and other United Kingdom Government organisations on nutrition and related health matters. The SACN has recently updated the evidence on folic acid in response to a request from Food Standards Scotland (FSS). In February 2016, FSS asked the SACN to provide advice on whether its previous recommendations regarding mandatory folic acid fortification (2006; 2009) still applied. Ministers are currently considering the issue of mandatory fortification in light of this and will respond in due course. As such, no discussions have yet been held with the Scottish Government, food industry, or the wider scientific community on this issue.

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