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Stress On Food Fortification

State Food Commissioner Yamini Sarangi on Wednesday said that Odisha is committed to address the prevailing micro-nutrient deficiencies in the state and food fortification is a means to it.

While inaugurating the state level ‘Technical training on edible oil fortification’ She asked the participants to take the benefit of learing in the Workshop, which was conducted for the edible oil food business operators on 06 November  at The New Marrion Hotel.
This program was jointly organized by Commissioner of Food Safety, Government of Odisha, KHPT and GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition).
The purpose of the program was to improve availability of fortified edible oil in open market through capacity building of oil industry in state.
Ms. Sarangi Commissioner Food Safety inaugurated the program by lighting the lamp in presence of Dr. Suman Sundaray, Joint Commissioner Food Safety, Mr. Patel, Food Safety Officer- Bhubanehwar and other food safety officials and officials from KHPT.
This program was attended by15 Oil Food Business Operators (FBO) from across the state.
Dr. Sundaray, Joint Commissioner, shared that a huge population is affected by Vitamin A and D deficiencies. Through consumption of fortified edible oil, this can be addressed without any behaviour change or additional cost.
Pooja Trivedi, KHPT during the training, shared that India is home to 1/3rd of the world’s 2 billion micronutrient deficient individuals. The country suffers a loss of INR 80,400 crore in its GDP every year.
Therefore, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has defined standards for fortification of staple foods: wheat, oil, milk, double fortified salt and rice.
These standards have been gazetted by Government of India in August, 2018. Edible oil units were capacitated on the Legal Framework for enforcement of food fortification act August 2018. Apart from the standards for fortification, the industries need to ensure certain packaging and labelling standards.
FSSAI has also designed “+F” logo to be mandatorily printed in the packets of fortified commodities, provided they are fortified as per the defined standards.
They were also detailed on the endorsement of fortified brands which the fortifying units need to take up through the existing FSSAI licence.
Jaya Tripathi, KHPT, trained everyone on the technical process of fortification including the quantitative and qualitative analysis. She also demonstrated the process to the participants at one of oil units.
This was the second workshop on fortification in Odisha. First workshop was conducted to sensitize food safety officials on 22 August 2019. More such trainings will be conducted for milk and wheat flour FBOs. KHPT and GAIN will also provide continuous support to these units for adoption of fortification as per policy guidelines.
Directives by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) mandate use of fortified edible oil, wheat flour and double fortified salt in MDM and ICDS programs respectively.
However, non- availability of these commodities in market was affecting the implementation by concerned departments in Odisha.
With this initiative of the Office of Commissioner of Food Safety, Odisha, not just general public, but government programs too will be able to access fortified staples to successfully implement GOI directives.
Mr. Patel, Food Safety Officer-Bhubaneswar delivered vote of thanks at the end of the program.
 


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