India readies to combat malnutrition through fortification programme

By RJ Whitehead

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The Indian government is preparing legislation to combat high levels of child malnutrition. 

"With a large-scale prevalence of micro-nutrient deficiencies and its impact on growth and development, especially in young children, adolescents, and pregnant and lactating mothers, we have initiated a process to put in place legislative measures regarding food fortification​," a government source told the PTI new agency. 

Fortification, along with encouraging more diverse diets, would be used to address issues of micro-nutrient deficiency by including iron, vitamins, iodine and folic acid, he said.

He said a meeting between government departments had taken place to discuss the different options for the fortification of staple food items including wheat flour, rice, salt, milk and cooking oils as a means to lower the impact of under-nutrition, stunting, anemia and hypothyroidism. 

"The important issues which were flagged were economic viability of food fortification, potential strategies and likely approaches​," PTI’s source said.

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