Health: Folic Acid — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 24th February 2014.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 2:52 pm, 24th February 2014

My Lords, in recommending the fortification of flour with folic acid, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition also advised that action should be taken to reduce levels of voluntary fortification, which, as the noble Lord knows, is applied to a number of breakfast cereals, for example. That is no easy matter. It would be necessary to avoid folate levels exceeding recommended limits and to put action in train to achieve that. There are other conditions and advice attached to the SACN recommendation; it is not quite as straightforward in practice as the noble Lord might suggest, although I recognise that the recommendation from SACN is there.