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Food Standards Agency Decision On Folic Acid

EDM number 1317 in 2001-02, proposed by HELEN CLARK on 15/05/2002.

That this House is dismayed at the decision by the Food Standards Agency not to recommend to the Government to bring to the UK population the health benefits of increased folic acid consumption, through the fortification of flour with this vitamin, as already available in the United States and Canada as a result of British research; points out that fortification was recommended in the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy report of January 2000; recognises that this simple measure would not only reduce the incidence of spina bifida, but could also reduce the risks of heart attacks and strokes and help prevent Alzheimers Disease and bowel cancer throughout the population; and points out that the cited reason for the FSA decision, namely that it might mask the diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency in elderly people could be resolved by a simple blood test.

This motion has been signed by a total of 21 MPs.

Helen Clark15/05/2002PeterboroughLabourProposed
Jane Griffiths15/05/2002Reading EastLabourSigned
Martin Smyth16/05/2002Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Brian Iddon16/05/2002Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Russell Brown16/05/2002DumfriesLabourSigned
Edward Davey16/05/2002Kingston & SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
Win Griffiths16/05/2002BridgendLabourSigned
Paul Tyler16/05/2002North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
John Cummings20/05/2002EasingtonLabourSigned
Betty Williams20/05/2002ConwyLabourSigned
Mike Hancock20/05/2002Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Nigel Jones20/05/2002CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Bob Russell20/05/2002ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Lindsay Hoyle21/05/2002ChorleyLabourSigned
Paul Marsden21/05/2002Shrewsbury & AtchamLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer21/05/2002KeighleyLabourSigned
Rudi Vis21/05/2002Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Bill Etherington23/05/2002Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Ian Davidson24/05/2002Glasgow, PollokLabour Co-operativeSigned
John McDonnell02/07/2002Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Alan Simpson04/07/2002Nottingham SouthLabourSigned

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