Food and Drug Administration approved folic acid fortification of corn masa flour.
The approval allows manufacturers to voluntarily add up to 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour, consistent with the levels of certain other enriched cereal grains. Folic acid, a synthetic form of folate, is a B vitamin that when taken by a pregnant woman may help prevent neural tube defects, which are birth defects affecting the brain, spine, and spinal cord.
Pregnant women with folate deficiency have a higher risk of giving birth to infants affected with neural tube defects. Corn...(continua)