October 09, 2015

09/10/2015: FFI Matters: First systematic review yields three recommendations for flour fortification programs

The first systematic review of flour fortification on iron and anemia outcomes has been published in Nutrition Reviews. 

The authors have three recommendations for improving national fortification programs:
  1. Design or revise fortification programs so that nutrient levels used in wheat and maize flour fortification are consistent with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations
  2. Monitor fortification programs for compliance and coverage 
  3. Use biomarkers specific to the nutrients included in fortification rather than the sole use of anaemia to assess fortification’s impact
You can see more about the review on the FFI website HERE.
Image: Francis Storr
Thanks to Helana Pachón with FFI, Rebecca Spohrer with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Zuguo Mei and Mary Serdula with the the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) program for their hard work on this study.

Read more HERE

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