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Infographic: Folic Acid Fortification

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Rates Before and After Folic Acid Fortification :

Folic acid fortification has helped many countries reduce their number of neural tube defects - birth defects of the brain and spine.

Rate per 10,000 births:
U.S. - 36% decline
Canada - 46% decline
Chile - 50% decline
Costa Rica - 35% decline
South Africa - 31% decline

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