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FSSAI promotes fortifed food

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of (FSSAI) today said it was promoting fortification of micro-nutrients in staples to fight malnutrition.

"We are trying to encourage brands to fortify their products. We are targeting five staple foods including rice, wheat, milk and edible for fortification," FSSAI CEO Agarwal said here today at an interactive session with Chamber of Commerce on food safety.

There is, however, no plan currently to make fortified staple food mandatory but will keep a close watch. "If found voluntary acceptance is low then may take step to make it mandatory," he said.

ranks poor in global standards in nutrition index and thus FSSAI was trying to promote fortified food.

Agarwal said several brands will soon come out with fortifed atta including from brands like Ashirwad, Patanjali and Pillsbury.

"We are also holding dialouges with some 10-20 millers for fortifying atta," Agarwal said.

Meanwhile, FSSAI is trying to work out with the state to encourage tea garden companies to supply fortified food to its workers.

"We are holding discussions with stakeholders to see how fortified food can be supplied to tea garden workers can be worked out," Agarwal said.

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First Published: Thu, June 08 2017. 17:49 IST