Universal Food Fortification
The Group of Secretaries on “Education & Health – Universal Access and Quality” has, inter-alia, identified Fortification of food items like salt, edible oil, milk, wheat and rice with iron, folic acid, Vitamin-D and Vitamin-A, with a timeline of 3 years as one of the measures to address the issue of malnutrition in the country.
A consultation meeting has been held with stakeholders to evolve a comprehensive policy and draft legislation / regulation on micronutrient fortification.
As per the recommendations made during the consultation meeting with the stakeholders, a Task force was constituted for recommending actions/legislation on food fortification by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The task force had representation of all the line ministries/departments/institutions, like Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, etc. The Task force has recommended that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, may bring out a comprehensive regulation/legislation under the FSS Act, 2006 and FSS Regulations, 2011, to ensure effective and sustainable fortification.
This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Smt. Krishana Raj in the Lok Sabha today.