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Fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid in the United States.
Am J Public Health. 2011 Aug; 101(8):1360-4.AJ

Abstract

Food fortification is an effective public health tool for addressing micronutrient deficiencies. The mandatory fortification of enriched cereal grains (e.g., wheat flour) with folic acid, which began in the United States in 1998, is an example of a successful intervention that significantly reduced the rate of neural tube defects (NTDs). However, despite the drop in NTD rates across all racial/ethnic groups after fortification, Hispanics continue to have the highest rates of this condition. One possible way to reduce this disparity is to fortify corn masa flour to increase the overall intake of folic acid in Hispanic women. We present the available evidence in favor of this approach, address possible safety issues, and outline next steps in the fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid in the United States.

Authors+Show Affiliations

March of Dimes, White Plains, NY 10605, USA. afleischman@marchofdimes.comNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21680940

Citation

Fleischman, Alan R., and Motoko Oinuma. "Fortification of Corn Masa Flour With Folic Acid in the United States." American Journal of Public Health, vol. 101, no. 8, 2011, pp. 1360-4.
Fleischman AR, Oinuma M. Fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2011;101(8):1360-4.
Fleischman, A. R., & Oinuma, M. (2011). Fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 101(8), 1360-4. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300135
Fleischman AR, Oinuma M. Fortification of Corn Masa Flour With Folic Acid in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2011;101(8):1360-4. PubMed PMID: 21680940.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid in the United States. AU - Fleischman,Alan R, AU - Oinuma,Motoko, Y1 - 2011/06/16/ PY - 2011/6/18/entrez PY - 2011/6/18/pubmed PY - 2011/9/15/medline SP - 1360 EP - 4 JF - American journal of public health JO - Am J Public Health VL - 101 IS - 8 N2 - Food fortification is an effective public health tool for addressing micronutrient deficiencies. The mandatory fortification of enriched cereal grains (e.g., wheat flour) with folic acid, which began in the United States in 1998, is an example of a successful intervention that significantly reduced the rate of neural tube defects (NTDs). However, despite the drop in NTD rates across all racial/ethnic groups after fortification, Hispanics continue to have the highest rates of this condition. One possible way to reduce this disparity is to fortify corn masa flour to increase the overall intake of folic acid in Hispanic women. We present the available evidence in favor of this approach, address possible safety issues, and outline next steps in the fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid in the United States. SN - 1541-0048 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21680940/Fortification_of_corn_masa_flour_with_folic_acid_in_the_United_States_ L2 - http://www.ajph.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300135?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -