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Micronutrient Fortification: Science and Strategies for Public Health Improvement in Asia

Parallel Symposium PS5-61 at the International Congress of Nutrition 2013
Granada, Spain
20/09/2013

OVERVIEW

It is recognized that food fortification with micronutrients is an effective way to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies and improve nutrition and health status of target populations. The development and process of food fortification involves a variety of activities, from scientific research to new business development for the program to be sustainable. The research work must provide scientific evidence to prove efficacy and effectiveness of the fortification programs and the implementation must garner political will and establish entrepreneurial business development strategies. The process needs multidisciplinary expertise and effective communications in both vertical and horizontal ways.

ILSI and the ILSI Center for Health Promotion (CHP) Japan, together with colleagues from ILSI Asia branches and partner institutions, have in the past decade been conducting studies to establish the scientific underpinnings for national food fortification initiatives and programs in several Asian countries. The proposed session at ICN 2013 will provide an excellent opportunity to share scientific outcomes, lessons learnt on administrative policy, and business strategy adopted by the stakeholders to achieve the common goal of public health improvement.

It is recognized that food fortification with micronutrients is an effective way to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies and improve nutrition and health status of target populations. The development and process of food fortification involves a variety of activities, from scientific research to new business development for the program to be sustainable. The research work must provide scientific evidence to prove efficacy and effectiveness of the fortification programs and the implementation must garner political will and establish entrepreneurial business development strategies. The process needs multidisciplinary expertise and effective communications in both vertical and horizontal ways.

ILSI and the ILSI Center for Health Promotion (CHP) Japan, together with colleagues from ILSI Asia branches and partner institutions, have in the past decade been conducting studies to establish the scientific underpinnings for national food fortification initiatives and programs in several Asian countries. The proposed session at ICN 2013 will provide an excellent opportunity to share scientific outcomes, lessons learnt on administrative policy, and business strategy adopted by the stakeholders to achieve the common goal of public health improvement.

Chair: Mr. Takashi Togami, Director, ILSI Japan Center for Health Promotion (CHP)
Co-chair: Mr. Geoffry Smith, President, ILSI Southeast Asia Region

PRESENTATIONS

Introduction and Welcome
Mr. Takashi Togami, ILSI Japan Center for Health Promotion (CHP), Japan
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Micronutrients and Food Fortification: Strategic and Practical Issues
Mr. Geoffry Smith, ILSI Southeast Asia Region, Singapore
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GAIN’s Global Strategy on Food Fortification to Improve Public Health – Asia Highlights
Dr. Regina Moench-Pfanner, GAIN, Singapore
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China: Iron-fortified Soy Sauce – An Assessment of 10 Years of Policy and Business Development
Dr. Junshi Chen, ILSI Focal Point in China, China
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Vietnam: Iron-fortified Fish Sauce – Evaluating and Adopting a Successful Model
Prof. Le Thi Hop, National Institute of Nutrition, Vietnam

Cambodia: Iron-fortified Fish Sauce – Progress and Development
Ms. Theary Chan, RACHA, Cambodia
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Philippines: Iron-fortified Rice – Lessons Learnt, Opportunities and Challenges
Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Philippines
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For more information on the ICN 2013 and to download the preliminary program, click here.