USAID launches food fortification project to fight malnutrition

GLOBAL – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a US$75 million global project christened ‘USAID Advancing Food Fortification Opportunities to Reinforce Diets (USAID AFFORD) project’ to improve access to fortified foods. The project, which is a component of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future effort, will promote widespread food fortification through a comprehensive strategy that places businesses…

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Consumers in Kenya to gain access to variety of fortified foods

KENYA – Non-profit international development organization TechnoServe has launched a program known as the Technical Assistance Accelerator Programme (TAAP), aimed at increasing the diversity of fortified foods available to consumers. During the launch of the programme that was also graced by private sector and Government agencies, Dominic Schofield, the Director of the TechnoServe Global Program, explained how the program will…

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Nigeria’s food processing companies pledge to achieve food fortification goals

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s private sector operators in the food processing industries as well as government regulating agencies have pledged commitment towards achieving optimal levels in food fortification compliance. The pledge was made at the 4th Annual CEO Forum of Food Processing & Nutrition Leadership themed ‘Ensuring Improved Health and Nutrition Through Cross Sectoral Leadership’ organized collaboratively by TechnoServe; Aliko Dangote…

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Gadot Biochemical set to fortify plant-based milk with minerals

ISRAEL – Gadot Biochemical Industries, one of the leading companies in the field of food ingredients and fine chemicals, is incorporating its health-promoting minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium to plant-based milk in its new fortification program. Different minerals are available and suitable for fortification using ultra high-temperature processing for pasteurized beverages without compromising their organoleptic profile and stability throughout…

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BSR Korea selects exceptional manufacturers to develop fortified relief food

SOUTH KOREA – BSR Korea, a leading global public procurement consulting company, has announced that they have selected exceptional food manufacturers, to develop fortified relief foods as a part of B2G procurement project targeting World Food Programme (WFP) and/or International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The manufacturers selected by the MAFRA, such as Soul Nature Food,…

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Zimbabwe’s food manufacturers fail to meet fortification requirements

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s food manufacturers have faulted the sporadic supply of foreign currency as one of the many tailbacks that hinder them from  meeting the stipulated food fortification requirements, since most fortificants are imported. This follows recent ultimatum by the Ministry of Health and Child Care that manufacturers of food that require fortification risk having their products banned if they…

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Nigeria’s cooking oil manufacturer PZ Wilmar emerges as food fortification champion

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…

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NIFTEM, GAIN, Hexagon Nutrition debut food fortification centre

INDIA – The National Institute of Food Technology & Entrepreneurship Management (NIFTEM), an institute of national importance under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries has joined hands with GAIN, an international development sector partner and Hexagon Nutrition, a leading food and nutraceutical company to set up a Centre of Excellence for Food Fortification at NIFTEM. This…

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FSSAI urged to do away with mandatory food fortification

INDIA – The Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) – Kisan Swaraj has written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to terminate the plan to make synthetic/chemical fortification of foods mandatory in India. The FSSAI had earlier issued a draft regulation for mandatory fortification of edible oil and milk with Vitamin A and D. The…

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Gambia launches Food Fortification Regulations 2020 to strengthen sector

GAMBIA – The Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA) of the Gambia has launched the country’s Food Fortification Regulations 2020, developed to serve as a regulatory tool for compliance and enforcement on edible fats and oil, wheat flour and food grade salt and to regulate imported and locally produced goods. The project is funded by European Union (EU) and supported…

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