Globally 86 countries have legislation to mandate fortification of at least one industrially milled cereal grain. Different fortification requirements between nations may create some practical difficulties for intercountry trade. Nations in the same region, with similar public health nutrition problems and food cultures, may benefit from finding a common position on fortification policy and regulation that could be uniformly adopted.
Regional industrial food fortification programmes have been implemented to standardize compliance and procedures of food fortification programmes. Regional fortification harmonization calls for interventions at both the regional and country levels that will strengthen the institutional capacity of the public as well as the private sector to implement fortification programmes in a sustained way. A harmonized food fortification is also expected to impact intra-regional trade by creating a level field thereby boosting demand creation.
The critical areas of interventions that can participate in making food fortification programmes feasible and sustainable include:
- Harmonization of standards and regulatory frameworks;
- Monitoring guidelines; and,
- Cooperation around quality control, compliance and enforcement.
Multiple regional economic communities have been tasked to pursue full regional harmonization on food fortification across all continents.
This webinar will reflect on the progress made, successes, challenges and potential areas for further collaboration to strengthen food fortification programmes.
Moderator and speakers to be announced shortly.