Food fortification meeting has been held in provincial Nutrition Directorate
Director Nutrition Provincial Nutrition Directorate Balochistan Dr. Amin Khan Mandokhail has called upon the delegation of National Food Alliance and Food Fortification Program. In the delegation National Coordinator NFA Dr. Khawja Masood Ahmed, Technical Director Dr. Tausif Akhtar Janjgua, FFP other members were Munwar Hussain & Zameer Haider were in the meeting. DHO Quetta Dr. Saeed Mirwani, National Program for LHW PC Dr. Arbab Kamaran Kasi, DPM Dr. Naqeeb Niazi, Dr. Ghulam Mustafa , Shabir Achakzai were in the meeting.
The delegation highlighted that Food Fortifications in Flour, edible oil and said fortification is very crucial for the food. In the meeting participants added Fortification is the process of adding nutrients or non-nutrient bioactive components to edible products (e.g., food, food constituents, or supplements). Fortification can be used to correct or prevent widespread nutrient intake shortfalls and associated deficiencies, to balance the total nutrient profile of a diet, to restore nutrients lost in processing, or to appeal to consumers looking to supplement their diet. Food fortification could be considered as a public health strategy to enhance nutrient intakes of a population. Over the past century, fortification has been effective at reducing the risk of nutrient deficiency diseases such as beriberi, goiter, pellagra, and rickets. Although early fortification programs were designed to eliminate deficiency diseases, current fortification programs are based on low dietary intakes rather than a diagnosable condition. Moving forward, we must be diligent in our approach to achieving effective and responsible fortification practices and policies, including responsible marketing of fortified products. Fortification must be applied prudently, its effects monitored diligently, and the public informed effectively about its benefits through consumer education efforts. Clear lines of authority for establishing fortification guidelines should be developed and should take into account changing population demographics, changes in the food supply, and advances in technology
In the meeting all stakeholders elaborated that National Food Fortification and Food fortification program will render all its available resources to make liable all the floor mills and edible oil processing units incorporating the basic ingredients vitamins required to make healthy the population.