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Featured review - Public health failure in the prevention of neural tube defects: time to abandon the tolerable upper intake level of folate

Folic acid fortification of flour to prevent anencephaly and spina bifida is common worldwide. However, it isn't implemented in the EU due to concerns of possible folic acid toxicity at high levels. In this review, Wald et al. examine the evidence for this, and conclude that there is no scientific basis for a tolerable upper limit of folic acid. They urge the abandoning of this standard and the enriching of food to reduce incidences of these birth defects.


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Public Health Reviews (PHR) is the official journal of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER). It is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to publishing topics of current importance to public health. The scope of the journal is global, but special emphasis is placed on Europe and issues that impact and speak to public health in the European Region. 

PHR publishes thematic series of high quality review articles on key topics in public health that aim to inform public health practitioners, teachers, students and policymakers.  We present historical and contemporary reviews to emphasize new possibilities for public health, to translate research into recommendations for best practices in the real world and to promote discussion in the public health community. 

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Public Health Reviews publishes thematic series of high quality review articles on key topics in public health. To see our full list of article collections, such as Minority and migrant health and Contemporary issues in screening please view the collections page.

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