Olam launches Ghana's first brand of fortified rice for good health
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Olam launches Ghana's first brand of fortified rice for good health


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The introduction of fortified rice to the market is aimed at helping to reduce levels of malnutrition in the country, where approximately 50% of women suffer from anaemia and 30% of pre-school children from iron deficiency, according to a 2017 micronutrient survey conducted by the University of Ghana in collaboration with UNICEF. The approach has proved effective in reducing micronutrient deficiencies in countries where rice fortification is mandatory, such as the USA and the Philippines, or has been introduced voluntarily, as in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Dr Ernest Asiedu, Head of Quality Management at the Ministry of Health, commended Olam Ghana for its innovativeness in being the first to introduce a brand of fortified rice into the country for the benefit of Ghanaian consumers.


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