Folate in bread sees drop in birth defects

The rates of spina bifida and other neural birth defects in Australian babies have significantly declined since the mandatory introduction of folate to bread.

Mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid and iodine was introduced in Australia in 2009 under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

A review of the bread fortification program, conducted by the government funded Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), has found the overall rate of neural