Navigation Links
NZ To Opt For Folate Fortification Of Bread

New Zealand is close to making it mandatory for food manufacturers to add folate to bread in order to reduce birth defects//.

The organisation that monitors food standards in New Zealand is to produce its final assessment on the proposal by next month.

Many live births and stillbirths each year are estimated to be affected by neural tube defects such as spina bifida, where one or more vertebrae fails to develop. These babies suffer lifelong moderate or severe disabilities and require extensive medical and surgical care.

The other major neural tube defect is anencephaly, in which the affected babies have no brain or top of the skull. They die within days of birth.

. CCS, formerly the Crippled Children's Society, has been campaigning for more than a decade for the folate fortification of foods.

Considerable evidence supports the fact that increasing folate intake in pregnancy reduces the risk of birth defects by 70 per cent.

Folate is referred to as folic acid in its synthetic form. It is present in green leafy vegetables and other foods, but women of childbearing age consume only half the recommended amount, therefore the need for supplement tablets.

Folate fortification of foods has been permitted in New Zealand since 1996 and has been added voluntarily to breads, breakfast cereals, and various other products.

However the food agency research in 1998 showed that average folate consumption has undergone only a marginal increase and remained significantly below the required level of 400 micrograms for pregnant women, which is twice the level of the general adult population.

The important reasons are unplanned pregnancies and a lack of knowledge of the benefits of folate.

In Canada, the United States, Indonesia and a number of South American and African countries folate fortification of foods is mandatory. UK and few other European countries have a voluntary system.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Folate and famiy planning
2. Reducing Blood Pressure in Women By Increasing Folate
3. A Saviour For Alzheimer’s Disease: Folate
4. More Research Needed To Fully Study the Effect of Folate on Prostate Cancer
5. Folate Fortification Now
6. Low Folate Diet increases Colorectal Cancer risk
7. Folate – Rich Diet Keeps Colorectal Cancer At Ba
8. Study Reveals That Folate Does Not Prevent Heart Attacks
9. Declined Folate Levels in US Young Women
10. Higher Folate Levels Linked to Reduced Risk for Alzheimer’s Diseas
11. Forge Ahead On Folate Fortification
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/27/2017)... ... May 27, 2017 , ... Most us are familiar with the sound of ... from the Osteoarthritis Initiative shows that certain people who experience consistent joint popping, ... may give doctors the opportunity to treat patients before the problem becomes pronounced, potentially ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... The American Parkinson Disease ... than eighty-nine grant submissions all vying for nearly $1,000,000 in funding that will ... , The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is focused on advancing scientific research ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... The ... seminar to focus on current legislative activity and the latest regulatory concerns impacting ... p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, and will continue through Monday, Sept. 11, at the ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... Santa Clara, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... May 26, ... ... technology, announces the integration of the CareFusion NOX-T3 portable sleep monitor with its ... that provides a consistent, browser-based interface for diagnostic device operations. With this platform, ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Boar’s ... sharing bold recipes for Memorial Day entertaining that are sure to satisfy your ... Head fresh sliced meats and cheeses featured in these refreshingly balanced recipes are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/10/2017)... Global Health Intelligence (GHI), the leading healthcare data analytics ... 2017 ranking of the Best-Equipped Hospitals in Latin America ... GHI,s hospitals database for Latin America , which is ... database covers 86% of the hospitals in Latin ... each institution in key areas such as beds, medical specialties, ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Demonstrating its ... board of directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and ... for membership. Biopharmaceutical companies will now have to ... order to be eligible to join PhRMA. ... the board is sending a clear message that ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... IRVING, Texas , May 5, 2017   Provista ... 1994 with more than 200,000 customers, today announced Jim ... brings a wealth of executive and business experience to Provista, ... a compounding pharmacy in California . He ... "Jim is a great fit for Provista," says ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: