Davao food stores monitored on use of iron-fortified rice

Subscribe Now March 20, 2011 at 11:59pm

THE Task Force on Food Fortification will step up monitoring of food business establishments on the use of iron-fortified rice (IFR) following the launching of I-Rice at the University of Southeastern Philippines on Tuesday. The National Food Authority renamed its Iron Fortified Rice program to simply I-Rice as the agency committed to strict implementation of Republic Act (RA) 8976, otherwise known as the Philippine Food Fortification Act of 2000.

Some 150 participants from City Government agencies, including the City Nutrition Office and the City Health Office, academe and rice retailers attended the launching activity.

Former mayor Rodrigo Duterte, through Executive Order 19 issued in January 2008, created the Davao City Task Force on Food Fortification to ensure the implementation of RA 8976, which directs the mandatory fortification of rice, wheat flour, refined sugar, cooking oil and other staples with nutrients to address the nutritional deficiency problems of the Filipinos.

NFA-Davao Director Edgar Bentulan said "we are fortunate to be provided with iron fortified rice or I-Rice as the cheapest luxury to improve our health. IFR is the cheapest way to prevent diseases and cure iron deficiency."

"Since the IFR implementation in the country last 2004, we are proud to say that the National Food Authority released 1.6 million sacks of IFR in Region 1I as of 2010," Bentulan said.

NFA-Davao Assistant Director Dianne Silva, for her part, said food fortification is considered important in the promotion of optimal health and to compensate for the loss of nutrients due to processing and storage of food.

"We would like to call all food business establishment to support the full implementation of iron-fortified rice campaign in the city and in the region" Silva said.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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