Researcher Profile: Getting the measure of folic acid in Ireland

Authors: Dr Mary Rose Sweeney

Source: HRB

Several countries (including the USA, Canada and Chile) have insisted that folic acid is added to staple foodstuffs such as flour, but Ireland has not taken this approach: instead Ireland lets food companies voluntarily fortify their products with folic acid.

‘I think it’s really important that we get more public engagement and discussion around the research that is going on in Ireland’, says Mary Rose. ‘Because ultimately what this research is looking at and finding will shape our future health and society’.

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