Unmetabolized folic acid prevalence is widespread in the older Irish population despite the lack of a mandatory fortification program

submitted by: MaryRose
BACKGROUND: In 2006 the Food Safety Authority of Ireland recommended mandatory folic acid fortification of flour for the prevention of neural tube defects in addition to the existing extensive voluntary folic acid fortification culture in place there. This recommendation is now suspended until further scientific evidence surrounding safety becomes available. The safety issues include concerns about the masking of vitamin B-12 deficiency and potential cancer acceleration, both of which may...
Authors: Andrew Boilson, Anthony Staines, Cecily C Kelleher, Leslie Daly, Shirley Ivan, Aakash Shrivastava, Steven B Bailey, Patricia B Alverson, June E Ayling, Anne ParleMcDermott, Aoife MacCooey, John M Scott, Mary Rose Sweeney