Avoiding more than 1,300 cases of birth defects a year

Jeff Gelski

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates mandatory fortification of enriched cereal grains with folic acid prevents more than 1,300 cases of neural tube defects annually in the United States.

Neural tube defects are birth defects of the brain and spine that occur early in pregnancy as a result of improper closure of the embryonic neural tube. The Food and Drug Administration mandated folic acid fortification of enriched cereal grain products in 1998.READ MORE