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Dec 30, 2016 02:05 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

Govt mulling making fortification mandatory for some food items

In wake of rising malnutrition, the government is mulling making fortification mandatory for certain food items.

In wake of rising malnutrition, the government is mulling making fortification mandatory for certain food items. CNBC TV18's Ashpreet Sethi reports that the first meeting on this issue between manufacturers, the food regulator and other stakeholders will be held on January 4.

The government is looking at mandating fortification for three items: edible oil, salt and wheat flour.

As per sources, the first meeting will be on January 4 which will be spearheaded by Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Earlier this week, FSSAI had come out with rules requiring food companies to test their products from a government lab to authenticate their nutrient profile.

These tests can pave the way for introduction of mandatory fortification of some food items.

Three states have already brought in a rule mandating food items to be fortified and have linked them to the midday meal scheme run in schools.

The January 4 meeting will also likely take up whether fortified food, once made mandatory, can be linked to such schemes.

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