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Food Fortification

Posted on : 25 Dec 2019

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  • Food fortification is the deliberate addition of one or more micronutrients to food so as to correct or prevent a deficiency and provide a health benefit.
  • These nutrients may or may not have been originally present in the food before processing.
  • Food fortification is a “complementary strategy” and not a replacement of a balanced & diversified diet to address malnutrition.
  • Department of Food and Public Distribution under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs recently approved a centrally-sponsored pilot scheme on fortification of rice and its dispersal through the Public Distribution System (PDS).
  • Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2018 has prescribed standards for fortification of various food products such as all fortified foods must not fall below the minimum level of micro-nutrients.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Food Fortification
    1.It is an addition of one or more micronutrients to food and aims to replace the current balanced & diversified diet to address malnutrition.
    2.Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2018 prescribes standards for fortification of food products in India.
    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : 2 only


  3. The 1857 Uprising was the culmination of the recurrent big and small local rebellions that occured in the preceding hundred years of British Rule. Elucidate (Answer in 150 words) - 2019 Mains


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