Adding folic acid to flour

Closed 9 Sep 2019

Opened 13 Jun 2019


We're seeking your views on our proposal to make it mandatory for flour millers to add folic acid to flour (a process known as 'fortification').

Mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid should help raise people's levels of a vitamin called 'folate'.

Raising folate levels in women who could become pregnant would help reduce the number of babies born with birth defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord, known as 'neural tube defects'.

We want to introduce this change across the UK.

The consultation documents are published on GOV.UK.


What Happens Next

The consultation is now closed.

We will publish a government response to the consultation on GOV.UK after we have analysed the responses.


  • Charities
  • Flour millers
  • Food manufacturers
  • GPs
  • Midwives
  • Healthcare scientists
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Local authority
  • Members of the public
  • Retailers
  • food business operators
  • food industry bodies
  • consumer groups


  • Nutrition
  • Health inequalities
  • Public health
  • Health improvement
  • Maternity services