Workshop on food fortification held
CCpur, Mar 18 : Food Safety Administration, CCpur & Pherzawl District organised an extensive workshop on food fortification at Synod Hall yesterday.
Students of GNM school, employees of Food & Civil Supply Department and members of Churachandpur Consumers Club, Anganwadi Workers participated in the workshop that laid emphasis on the processes of adding vitamins and minerals to food items.
Speaking on the occasion, Shapanthung Ezung, State Technical Officer, Nagaland shared that one in every two Indian children and women suffered Anemia.
"In order to improve the nutritional quality of food supply and provide public health benefit with minimal risk in the country, the Government has been deliberately increasing the content of one or more micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in a food or condiment and the process is called food fortification. In India, food fortification is done on Rice, Wheat Flour, Milk, Edible Oil and Salt", he added.
He also mentioned that the fortified rice is known as the Fortified Rice Kernel.
"There is nothing to be alarmed about the fortified rice, as it was even made mandatory in many countries and the process is strictly monitored by the food safety authority. The only thing to look-out for is to check the food packaging labels, the FSSAI marks and their license number, the manufacturers’ address and the date of manufacturing", he asserted.