Food fortification program gets remarkable acceptance
by Gemma Tabao
Tacloban City (5 December) -- Through a sustained convergent efforts between and among government and non-government organizations, the food fortification program has gained an increased rate as to public acceptance and utilization.
As discussed by Department of Health (DOH) 8 nutritionist Emily Grande during the meeting of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force in the region, it was learned that fortified foods are now being utilized in the whole country, which confirms that the populace have finally gained awareness as to its health benefits.
Relative to this, Grande reported that there are already 108 staple foods and 98 processed foods bearing the sangkap pinoy seal, and; 42 oil, 49 flour, 7 rice, 8 salt and 2 sugar brands that also have the seal, which guarantees that they are fortified with micronutrients like vitamin A, iron and iodine.
In the region, the campaign for the food fortification program is also being intensified. As to rice fortification, the National Food Authority is expecting some 207 bags of iron fortified rice this month, a number good enough to sustain the supply of fortified rice for the Food-for-School Program of the Department of Education. The office also hopes that it could increase its supply for said rice next year, in order to meet the increasing demand of the consuming public.
It can be recalled that food fortification is the addition of one or more essential nutrients to food products whether or not it is normally contained in the body, in order to prevent the deficiency of nutrients among a certain population. Identified through the sangkap pinoy seal, it is an intervention strategy to address the country’s micronutrient malnutrition.
During the meeting, Grande once again encouraged the members to sustain the endeavor like the continuous promotion of fortified products, enforcement of existing laws, constant monitoring as to compliance of standards and the provision of technical assistance to identified implementers. (PIA 8) [top]