The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that Gruma Corp., the Spina Bifida Association, the March of Dimes Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Royal DSM N.V. and the National Council of La Raza have jointly filed a petition proposing that the food additive regulations be amended to provide for the safe use of folic acid in corn masa flour. The petition will be published in the June 13 Federal Register.

The groups jointly filed a food additive petition (FAP 2A4796) on June 7 under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to change the regulations in 172.345 Folic acid (folacin) (21 CFR 172.345). The FDA determined that the action needed no individual or cumulative significant effect on the human environment, so requires no environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.