Mandatory flour fortification in the UK
Last year, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced its intention to launch a consultation on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid. All interested parties - consumers, industry and academics - will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on this suggested amendment to UK legislation and ultimately on the nutritional intake of UK consumers.
If mandatory fortification happens, will it lead to improved protection of unborn foetuses? Will it mean that food labels will have to be amended wherever wheat flour is used in compound products and will it present an obstacle to trade with the EU following Brexit? Your input is essential in forming decisions around these and other flour fortification questions, so please ensure you have your say.
To support the industry in this legislative area, we offer in-house or bespoke training courses. This year, for the first time, we ran a three-day ‘Pick’n’Mix’ programme of training in Ireland. This was in response to demands from food and drink manufacturers based in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The programme included training on additives used in foods, food labelling, and nutrition and health claims.