Folate fears

Folic acid supplementation will become more necessary than ever for pregnant women as the world faces an impending food fortification shortage.

The Health Department is calling on health professionals to remind pregnant women to take folic acid supplements in the light of the predicted worldwide shortage of fotified food.

Australia’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Baggoley, says the shortage means there may be insufficient folic acid to add to wheat flour for 12 to 18 months, though Australian manufacturers have said there is several months' supply currently in