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 their shelf life period. Gadot will offer its customers’ product development assistance, including the desirable bioavailability, solubility, taste and mouthfeel, color and mineral content for defined health benefits. These benefits…

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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, have obtained all international food safety certifications that adhere to the strictest standards such as FSSC22000, HACCP, and GMP. In addition to meeting the international organization procurement standards, these companies…

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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 do not comply with the required standards. In June 2017, the Government made it mandatory for major local food manufacturers to fortify processed staple foods with micronutrients to prevent and…

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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 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…

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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 is a first of its kind partnership wherein a development sector agency, a nutraceutical manufacturer and an Institute of National importance have come together to spearhead a food fortification drive…

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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 FSSAI has also outlined its plan to make rice fortification mandatory from 2024 with Vitamin B12, Iron, and Folic Acid in India. ASHA-Kisan Swaraj is a volunteer-driven large informal network of…

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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 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA). The launching, presided over by Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray, was part of…

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Kenya National Food fortification summit roots for joint effort to enhance food fortification

KENYA – Stakeholders at the 2nd Kenya National Food fortification summit have emphasized the importance of concerted effort and multi-sectoral approaches to increase food fortification efforts for a nourished country. The summit running under the theme: “Creating an Enabling Environment for Food Fortification in Kenya” was organized to assess the progress made compared to challenges that were highlighted during the 2018 summit. As the stakeholders reflected on the milestones made since the first summit held in 2018, the summit established a number of key achievements through the Kenya National Food…

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India’s food safety authority issues SOPs for licensing and registration of fortified food products

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued provisions for licensing and registration of fortified food products in its Food Safety and Compliance System. The provisions cover processed food products categories, including milk, edible oil, fortified fruit juices, rice, wheat flour and maida1 (refined flour), fortified cereal products, fortified bakery ware, and salt. As per FSSAI-issued standard operating procedures, food business operators (FBOs) are required to upload test reports showing levels of fortificants in the fortified food product. Results must be obtained from the FSSAI…

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