Report of the implementation group on folic acid food fortification to the Department of Health and Children

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/218011
Title:
Report of the implementation group on folic acid food fortification to the Department of Health and Children
Authors:
Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)
Publisher:
Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/218011
Additional Links:
http://www.fsai.ie/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=7602
Item Type:
Technical Report
Language:
en
Description:
An implementation group, set up by the Minister for Health and Children, was charged with putting the recommendations of the National Committee on Folic Acid Food Fortification (NCFAFF) into operation (NCFAFF, 2006). This report covers work carried out between November 2006 and June 2008, and updates the Interim Report of September 2007. In 2006, the NCFAFF presented a strong case for mandatory fortification of bread on the Irish market at a level of 120 μg/100 g. Since this recommendation was made, new scientific laboratory studies have emerged that suggest a link between high intake levels of folic acid with risks of cancer. However, epidemiological data and human studies relating to folic acid and cancer risk are inconsistent and not conclusive. It is the view of the implementation group that all new data must be evaluated and that the decision to proceed with mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid should be based on the best and most up-to-date scientific evidence available. Therefore, the decision to introduce mandatory fortification of bread in Ireland should be put on hold until definitive data are available on the safety of this initiative. New data are likely to be available in 2009 that will allow for an assessment of folic acid intake levels in relation to cancer risk to be carried out. Therefore, the recommendation from this group is to await the publication of such data so that all decisions are based on the best and most up-to-date scientific evidence available.
Keywords:
FOOD SAFETY; FOLIC ACID; PREGNANCY; SPINA BIFIDA
ISBN:
1904465617

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFood Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-10T11:46:11Z-
dc.date.available2012-04-10T11:46:11Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.isbn1904465617-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/218011-
dc.descriptionAn implementation group, set up by the Minister for Health and Children, was charged with putting the recommendations of the National Committee on Folic Acid Food Fortification (NCFAFF) into operation (NCFAFF, 2006). This report covers work carried out between November 2006 and June 2008, and updates the Interim Report of September 2007. In 2006, the NCFAFF presented a strong case for mandatory fortification of bread on the Irish market at a level of 120 μg/100 g. Since this recommendation was made, new scientific laboratory studies have emerged that suggest a link between high intake levels of folic acid with risks of cancer. However, epidemiological data and human studies relating to folic acid and cancer risk are inconsistent and not conclusive. It is the view of the implementation group that all new data must be evaluated and that the decision to proceed with mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid should be based on the best and most up-to-date scientific evidence available. Therefore, the decision to introduce mandatory fortification of bread in Ireland should be put on hold until definitive data are available on the safety of this initiative. New data are likely to be available in 2009 that will allow for an assessment of folic acid intake levels in relation to cancer risk to be carried out. Therefore, the recommendation from this group is to await the publication of such data so that all decisions are based on the best and most up-to-date scientific evidence available.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherFood Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)en_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.fsai.ie/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=7602en_GB
dc.subjectFOOD SAFETYen_GB
dc.subjectFOLIC ACIDen_GB
dc.subjectPREGNANCYen_GB
dc.subjectSPINA BIFIDAen_GB
dc.titleReport of the implementation group on folic acid food fortification to the Department of Health and Childrenen_GB
dc.typeTechnical Reporten
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