This Friedman Seminar features Irwin Rosenberg, presenting a talk titled "Folic Acid Fortification Benefit and Risk goes Global: A case study in science/policy mistranslation." This seminar was originally held on 3/30/2016.
The campaign centered in the US CDC birth defects branch to spread Folic acid fortification of Flour globally after the experience in the USA to prevent half of the neural tube defect births (spina bifida and Anencephaly) lacks the controls against risks of excessive folic acid exposure built into the US mandate. That campaign tries to suppress the growing evidence that high intakes of synthetic folic acid (not A natural form of the vitamin folate) especially in infants and elderly with low vitamin B 12 status may create risk of adverse effects and cognitive impairment. This dismissal of inconvenient emerging science, even at WHO, is a troubling insight into the dangers of advocacy versus evidence-based policy making.