#FindFolicAcid Huntersville, N.C.
At the Food Lion in Huntersville, N.C., (near Charlotte) no corn tortillas were made with fortified flour and very little corn masa flour was fortified.

Corn masa flour is a specially treated product used for tortillas, tamales, pupusas and other foods commonly consumed primarily by Hispanics of Mexican and Central American descent.

In the United States, grain products labeled ‘enriched’ must contain folic acid, but this does not apply to corn masa flour.

Corn masa flour can be voluntarily fortified with folic acid, but researchers in the Atlanta market found found few corn masa products that were fortified. This is likely one reason that Hispanic women in the US have a 21% higher chance of having a baby with a brain or spine birth defect than non-Hispanics.

In January we're asking consumers to see if they can find fortified corn masa flour and corn tortillas made with fortified flour in their markets.

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