Open consultation

Adding folic acid to flour


We want your views on whether flour millers should be required by law to add folic acid to flour.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

We’re seeking your views on our proposal to make it mandatory for flour millers to add folic acid to flour (a process known as ‘fortification’).

Mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid should help raise people’s levels of a vitamin called ‘folate’.

Raising folate levels in women who could become pregnant would help reduce the number of babies born with birth defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord, known as ‘neural tube defects’.

We want to introduce this change across the UK.

Ways to respond in English and Welsh

Respond online.

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Published 13 June 2019
Last updated 27 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Welsh translations have been added for the ministerial foreword, consultation document and survey.
  2. First published.