July 13, 2015

13/07/2015: Solomon Islands company begins flour fortification

Delite Flour Mill in the Solomon Islands began fortifying flour on 2 July 2015, the Food Fortification Initiative says. 

Back in February, a Food Fortification National Committee in the Islands had its first meeting to enter into a public-private partnership to tackle under-nutrition in the country.
Part of the Food Fortification National Committee (Photo by Steve Alufurai for the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services)
Without enough nutrients, Solomon Islanders are suffering from three mostly preventable health problems: nutritional anaemia, neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, and stunting.
"The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is pleased to be working across the government, with the private sector and development partners towards fortifying wheat flour and rice," MHMS Permanent Secretary Dr Tenneth Dalipanda
said at the time.
It was agreed that the new multi-sector Food Fortification National Committee would guide the program. The plan calls for iron, folic acid and zinc to be added to all wheat flour and rice from industrial mills. This will not affect the products’ taste, appearance, smell, or cooking.

Delite appears to be the first company in the archipelago to begin to put the plan into practice.
Visit the Food Fortification Initiative website HERE.

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