The FDA has announced it will allow Corn Masa Flour to be fortified with folic acid in order to prevent birth defects.
The decision, which is effective immediately, comes in response to a petition from the March of Dimes and other groups.
It states the lack of Folic Acid in Corn Masa Flour is a large reason that Hispanic women have higher rates of neural tube defects.
Data shows birth defect rates have dropped by nearly one-third since folic acid was added to wheat and rice flours 20 years ago.
Experts hope today’s decision will do the same for the Hispanic community.