FOB Response to the Govt’s Announcement to Consult on Fortifying Flour with Folic Acid

Bread is a major contributor to the healthy diet of the nation and an important source of carbohydrate, fibre and a wide range of nutrients, including calcium, iron and B-vitamins.


The baking industry has always been responsive to consumer needs and therefore remains committed to responding positively to today’s announcement of a consultation on fortifying with folic acid.

The Federation of Bakers, the trade association representing all the leading bakeries in the United Kingdom, has consistently stated that the fortification of bread is a medical decision.

Gordon Polson, Director of the Federation of Bakers, commented: “The Federation of Bakers welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it will consult on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid in a bid to tackle foetal abnormalities.”



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