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Scientific evidence supporting folic acid fortification of flour in Australia and New Zealand.
Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2004 Nov; 70(11):838-41.BD

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Fortification of flour with folic acid is a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective approach for preventing spina bifida and anencephaly, and it is likely to confer multiple health benefits to the adult population. Scientists and advocates are bringing this intervention to the attention of policymakers in countries around the world, and consequently the demand for sound, science-backed policy rationale is increasing.

METHODS

We recently prepared this scientific review for scientists, physicians, and advocates who were promoting mandatory folic acid fortification of flour in Australia and New Zealand. This short document references the most relevant published scientific data and national and international recommendations from other countries and presents an argument for fortification based on demonstrated need, proven effectiveness, safety, and multiple health benefits.

CONCLUSIONS

With some modifications, this document could be utilized in other countries considering fortification of flour or other staple products with folic acid.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA. gpoakley@mindspring.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15390316

Citation

Oakley, Godfrey P., et al. "Scientific Evidence Supporting Folic Acid Fortification of Flour in Australia and New Zealand." Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology, vol. 70, no. 11, 2004, pp. 838-41.
Oakley GP, Weber MB, Bell KN, et al. Scientific evidence supporting folic acid fortification of flour in Australia and New Zealand. Birth Defects Res Part A Clin Mol Teratol. 2004;70(11):838-41.
Oakley, G. P., Weber, M. B., Bell, K. N., & Colditz, P. (2004). Scientific evidence supporting folic acid fortification of flour in Australia and New Zealand. Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 70(11), 838-41.
Oakley GP, et al. Scientific Evidence Supporting Folic Acid Fortification of Flour in Australia and New Zealand. Birth Defects Res Part A Clin Mol Teratol. 2004;70(11):838-41. PubMed PMID: 15390316.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Scientific evidence supporting folic acid fortification of flour in Australia and New Zealand. AU - Oakley,Godfrey P,Jr AU - Weber,Mary Beth, AU - Bell,Karen N, AU - Colditz,Paul, PY - 2004/9/25/pubmed PY - 2005/4/29/medline PY - 2004/9/25/entrez SP - 838 EP - 41 JF - Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology JO - Birth Defects Res. Part A Clin. Mol. Teratol. VL - 70 IS - 11 N2 - BACKGROUND: Fortification of flour with folic acid is a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective approach for preventing spina bifida and anencephaly, and it is likely to confer multiple health benefits to the adult population. Scientists and advocates are bringing this intervention to the attention of policymakers in countries around the world, and consequently the demand for sound, science-backed policy rationale is increasing. METHODS: We recently prepared this scientific review for scientists, physicians, and advocates who were promoting mandatory folic acid fortification of flour in Australia and New Zealand. This short document references the most relevant published scientific data and national and international recommendations from other countries and presents an argument for fortification based on demonstrated need, proven effectiveness, safety, and multiple health benefits. CONCLUSIONS: With some modifications, this document could be utilized in other countries considering fortification of flour or other staple products with folic acid. SN - 1542-0752 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15390316/Scientific_evidence_supporting_folic_acid_fortification_of_flour_in_Australia_and_New_Zealand_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/bdra.20059 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -