FORTIFICATION OF INDUSTRIALLY MILLED CEREAL GRAINS
Alapala Machine, Technical Director Milan SHAH
As supplier of cereal-based foods products, our millers have a responsibility to help feeding the world in healthy and enriched ways. In addition, they can have a role in prevention of chronic diseases such as iron deficiency Anemia and birth defects.
Globally only 82 countries have legislation to mandate fortification of at least one industrially milled cereal grain while there are about 195 countries in the world today.
In addition, eight countries fortify more than half of their industrially milled wheat our through voluntary efforts and these countries include Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Lesotho, Namibia, Qatar, Swaziland, and the United Arab Emirates.
Most of these countries mandate fortification of wheat and maize our with at least iron and folic acid. Very recently, The National Fortification Alliance of Pakistan, NFA is partnering with the United Nations World Food Program, WFP and the government of Australia to launch a pilot project to get malnutrition by fortifying wheat our in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
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