Folate Task Team. Nutrition International

Overview

This knowledge brief summarizes the findings of the technical reports and roadmap for action which were produced as a result of the technical consultation “Folate Status in Women and Neural Tube Defect Prevention”.

The brief provides key information regarding what is currently known about prevention of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs), how to harmonize assessment of folate status in women of reproductive age, and how mandatory folic acid food fortification is a low cost high impact intervention that reduces the prevalence of NTDs around the world. Clear take away messages are outlined for decision makers, researchers and the public.