NIGERIA – PZ Wilmar Limited, makers of Devon King’s and Mamador cooking oil brands, has been crowned as a champion in Quality Systems and Food Fortification.
The company received the industry leader award while participating in the inaugural launch of Micro Fortification Index (MFI) which was held in Lagos recently. This MFI concept is powered by TechnoServe as part of its effort to tackle malnutrition in Nigeria, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gate foundation through the TechnoServe’s Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods, SAPFF, project.
It is recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria, its regulatory agencies like the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and other industry players in food.
Speaking during the launch event in Lagos, Technical Manager, PZ Wilmar, Dare Ogunbela thanked the organizers and participants of the launch, saying it was a very welcome development and a step in the right direction especially in current times .
“Today, there is even more emphasis placed on the importance of healthy living, one which food plays a major role in. Which is why we at PZ Wilmar take the food fortification very seriously, making sure our food products from our cooking oil, margarine, spreads and seasonings are well fortified with all the required nutrients. The MFI report is a testament to this, and our consumers can remain rest assured that we committed to providing the best qualify of food products in Nigeria,” he said.
The inaugural launch event , which was held at Wheat baker hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos had in attendance important dignitaries such as the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and notable regulatory agencies as well as development partners.
PZ Wilmar was recognized for its commitment to the implementation of the various food fortification index compliance guidelines, as the results from the first Micro Fortification Index (MFI) report placed the company’s brands, Devon King’s and Mamador tops. The brands both emerged as top 2 most fortified food products, from a pool of 18 notable food brands in Nigeria.
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