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Food fortification could resolve public health issues, new review finds

Posted:  Monday, September 16, 2013

A newly published review of food fortification has demonstrated the effectiveness of food fortification for women, children and infants. 

The authors, including Prof. Bhutta, the world’s leading expert in malnutrition, stated that “food fortification is an attractive public health strategy and has the advantage of reaching wider at-risk population groups, through existing food delivery systems, without requiring major changes in existing consumption patterns. 

“Compared with other interventions, food fortification may be cost-effective and, if fortified foods are regularly consumed, has the advantage of maintaining steady body stores.”

With more than 2 billion people deficient in key vitamins and minerals, according to WHO estimates, food fortification could play an important part in improving global health; especially amongst the most vulnerable groups: pregnant and lactating women and young children, given their increased demands. 

While the systematic review was encouraging, it also called for further evidence from the developing world, particularly with regards to the direct impact of fortification on morbidity and mortality.

To learn more about the review’s findings, read the milestone publication in full: Micronutrient fortification of food and its impact on woman and child health: a systematic review