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Labs provided equipment for testing fortified foods

Labs provided equipment for testing fortified foods

LAHORE: A two-day international workshop that concluded here on Tuesday provided laboratory equipment and training to eight public laboratories for testing fortified foods.

The workshop held under the aegis of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) provided equipment to eight public and one private laboratory. Training was provided to lab staff of Pakistan and Afghanistan by German expert Dr Anna Zhenchuk.

According to a press release, participants at the workshop claimed the initiative was likely to make a difference by enabling these laboratories to respond to the need for testing iron in fortified wheat flour, iodine in salt and vitamin.

Additional Food Secretary Mustajab Ahmad Karamat, addressing at the closing ceremony, said the food department had a key role for ensuring supply of nutritious and quality wheat flour to public.

“Fortification of wheat flour with iron and folic acid is one of our priorities to address iron deficiency anemia,” he added.

Munawar Hussain, project manager at GAIN, said they would continue supporting public and private sectors to ensure people of Pakistan were getting required minerals and vitamins in their food to strive and thrive.

Asim Raza Ahmad, chairman of the Central Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA), said the organisation had a central laboratory to serve all millers to test their wheat flour for free.

Published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2015

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