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The Food Fortification Initiative saw great progress last year in documenting fortification’s role in reducing the prevalence of nutritional anaemia.
Also last year, Burundi and Malawi passed fortification legislation, and Nigeria amended its fortification standard to include folic acid. These milestones are highlighted in the FFI's annual report: Defeating Anaemia: 2015 Year in Review.
The annual report includes updated estimates of the percent of industrially milled wheat flour, maize flour, and rice that is fortified with at least iron or folic acid. The wheat percentage dropped from the previous year’s estimate due to Egypt stopping its fortification program. The maize percentage increased due to revised data from Mexico, and the rice percentage remained the same. The static figures “represent a challenge for all of us,” said Scott J Montgomery, FFI Director. See HERE for more information.
If you use the Flour Millers Toolkit, see a revised version HERE. You can download the entire Toolkit or separate sections as PowerPoint presentations which allows you to read additional information in the speaker notes.
You can also download a new map of grain fortification HERE. The new map uses five colour codes to specify which grain(s) are required to be fortified in the country's legislation.
Did you know that 62 percent of the total rice available for human consumption in 2015 was industrially milled, according to FFI estimates? This represents an opportunity for fortification. See HERE for a new worksheet to help determine whether fortification of rice imports is practical in your country.
FFI are looking forward to another busy year as they work together for grain fortification to lead to smarter, stronger, and healthier people.
Visit the FFI site HERE.
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