Nutrition

Technical considerations for maize flour and corn meal fortification in public health

Consultation

In collaboration with the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and The Flour Fortification Initiative (FFI)
8 to 9 April 2013, New York, USA
New York Academy of Sciences, The Board Room

Background

The World Health Organization (WHO) is updating several evidence-informed guidelines for the fortification of staple foods as a public health intervention, including the fortification of maize flour and corn meal with iron and other micronutrients.

WHO in collaboration with the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and the Flour Fortification Initiative (FFI) are convening a consultation on technical considerations for fortification of maize flour and corn meal in public health in New York, New York, United States of America from 8-9 April 2013 to provide inputs to the guideline development process and discuss technical considerations of the fortification processes for maize flour and corn meal.

The objective of this consultation is to review the industrial and regulatory technical considerations in maize flour and corn meal fortification. To accomplish this, background documents have been commissioned to experts in food technology and nutrition science on several topics. The main outcomes of this consultation are to review:

  • Different technologies used industrially for the production of maize flour and corn meal.
  • Consumption patterns of products made with maize flour and corn meal.
  • Current technologies used by the maize industry to fortify maize flour and key differences in technologies used to produce fortified maize flour and corn meal.
  • Stability of micronutrients in different products made with fortified maize flour and corn meal.
  • Bioavailability of potential micronutrients used in the fortification of maize flour and corn meal.
  • International experiences with fortified/enriched maize flour and corn meal, including norms and standards.
  • Determinants of equity in access to fortified maize flour and corn meal.
  • Economic analysis of maize production and fortification in developing nations
  • The impact of maize flour and corn meal fortification on nutrition and health outcomes.
  • Research priorities and programme implications for maize flour and corn meal fortification.
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