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Philippines: Experts urge government to pass folic acid food fortification law

Speakers in a recent roundtable discussion stressed that birth defects could be avoided if the Philippines supported mandatory legislation on fortifying food with folic acid, a B vitamin that helps in preventing a type of anemia, birth defects like cleft lip and palate, and neural tube defects (NTDs) of the brain, spine, and spinal cord.

TheRiceBowl.Asia’s take: As one of the last five countries to adopt such a policy, Philippines should quickly embrace the new legislation, not just to follow the norm but also for it’s people.

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