HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 c144W
Dr. Murrison

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce folic acid supplements into flour following the UK Health Department and Food Standards Agency meeting on 18 March. [54999]

Yvette Cooper

A report of the joint stakeholders meeting held on 18 March is posted on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website: http://www.foodstandards.gov.uk/ yourviews/foliacid/folicacidmeetingreport

The FSA Board discussed the issue of folic acid fortification at an open meeting on 9 May 2002. The board took into account the comments made at the stakeholders meeting and from the consultation exercise carried out in 2000. The board paper and a summary of the discussion have been posted on the FSA website: http://www.foodstandards.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/FSA02-05-02.pdf; http://www.foodstandards.gov.uk/news/ newsarchive/62488

Health Ministers will consider options for action, taking into account any advice from the FSA and the Health Departments.

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