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Folic Acid

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet representatives of (a) Folic Acid Action and (b) the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus to discuss the proposals of the Food Standards Agency to limit the strength of folic acid in food supplements. (196594)

Women who might become pregnant are recommended to take 400 micrograms per day folic acid until the 12 week of pregnancy to reduce the risk of neural tube defect affected pregnancies. There are no plans to revise this long standing Food Standards Agency/departmental advice or to limit the levels of folic acid in those supplements aimed at women of child-bearing age. There are therefore no plans for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to meet these organisations.