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Folic acid food fortification in Canada.

Authors
  • Ray, Joel G1
  • 1 Department of Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. [email protected] , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nutrition reviews
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2004
Volume
62
Issue
6 Pt 2
Identifiers
PMID: 15298446
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

By January 1998, most Canadian cereal grains (e.g., white flour) were being fortified with folic acid, with a large percentage being fortified by mid-1997. This was in compliance with both American and Canadian mandatory fortification deadlines of January and November 1998, respectively. It was estimated that between 0.1 to 0.2 mg of additional synthetic folic acid per day would be provided through this initiative, the goal of which was to lower the rate of neural tube defects (NTD). The current report outlines some of the changes to the health status of Canadians in relation to its folic acid food fortification initiative.

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