Impact of Folic Acid Fortification in the U.S.

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Birth Defects Prevention

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Impact of Folic Acid Fortification in the U.S.

Folic acid has been added to foods labeled as “enriched,” such as breads, pastas, rice and cereals.

This has led to 600-700 babies born without a spina bifida birth defect each year
Resulting in $400-$600 million saved each year

Page last reviewed: October 2, 2017
Content source: Global Health