No reason why folic acid legislation cannot include NI

DUP Peer Lord Dodds has questioned why Northern Ireland will not move lockstep with the rest of the UK to ensure folic acid is added to non-wholemeal wheat flour. He has called on the Government to act to help reduce the number of babies born with neural tube defects.

By The Rt Hon Lord Dodds of Duncairn OBE Peer

Lord Dodds said,

“The Northern Ireland Executive in line with the rest of the UK, had agreed that folic acid should be added to non-wholemeal wheat flour. The direction of travel was set by the then Health Minister in 2021. Therefore there is no political or other reason why legislation cannot include Northern Ireland.

It would seem incredible to people here that the U.K. Government can introduce legislation to end the lives of babies in Northern Ireland where there is no agreement to do so, but cannot introduce legislation to protect the lives of babies where there is agreement to do so!

I have long helped campaign on this issue and we will not be letting this issue drop. The lives of so many children depend on it”

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