FSAI releases report on policy options for reducing neural tube defects in the Republic of Ireland

10 May 2016

A scientific report published by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)  (Wednesday 4 May 2016) highlights the need for women of childbearing age to have higher intakes of folic acid, in order to reduce the incidence of severe birth defects in Ireland. Produced by the FSAI’s Scientific Committee, the report provides a comprehensive update on folic acid nutrition and the efforts to reduce Irish rates of neural tube defects (NTDs) such as spina bifida and anencephaly, which are among the highest in the world. The report examines the effectiveness of increasing women’s folic acid intakes through food supplements and food fortification. This report summarises the options for further reducing the risk of NTD-affected pregnancies in Ireland. Read more here.