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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has drafted guidelines specific for food fortification.

The guidelines specify fortification for five food items namely as:

  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Wheat flour
  • Rice
  • Edible oil

 

Food fortification is defined as deliberately adding or increasing the content of essential micro nutrients in food items to improve quality.

A panel to finalize the regulation has been set to identify and address critical nutritional gaps in the Indian diet in general as well as in specific target groups based on diet surveys and credible scientific evidence. The panel is also assign to define strategies to address nutritional needs of the general population and vulnerable groups, besides reviewing the standards for all suitable food fortifying vehicles.

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