Up to now it is allowed to use the following health claim for food supplements:
“Supplemental folic acid intake increases maternal folate status. Low maternal folate status is a risk factor in the development of neural tube defects in the developing foetus.”
The claim may be used only for food supplements which provide at least 400 μg of folic acid per daily portion. Information shall be provided to the consumer that the target population is women of child-bearing age and the beneficial effect is obtained with a supplemental folic acid daily intake of 400 μg for at least one month before and up to three months after conception.