FSSAI To Make Oils Including Vitamin A, D Mandatory to Boost Immunity, Good Health

FSSAI To Make Oils Including Vitamin A, D Mandatory to Boost Immunity, Good Health

  • September 28, 2020

Food regulator FSSAI is considering making it mandatory for edible oil manufacturers to fortify cooking oil with vitamins A and D, which help in boosting immunity amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read – Feeling Better Now, Will be Out of Hospital Soon: Manish Sisodia

“FSSAI is considering to make it mandatory to fortify edible oil with vitamins A and D so that people of India can enjoy better immunity with good health,” FSSAI CEO Arun Singhal said. Also Read – World Heart Day 2020: Heart Disease Has Marginally Increased by 10 to 20% Compared to Pre-COVID

He was addressing a national webinar on edible oil fortification, organized by the Food Fortification Resource Centre (FFRC) under the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in association with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a statement said on Saturday. Also Read – Heart Disease in Teenagers Linked to Diabetes Exposure in Womb, Reveals Study

Fortification of edible oil will ensure that people belonging to different socio-economic strata have easy access to fortified edible oil across the country, Singhal said.

“India has a very high burden of malnutrition, including micronutrient deficiencies. A huge population in our country suffers from a deficiency of vitamins A and D. Lack of these vitamins in our body can have an adverse impact on morbidity, mortality, productivity, and economic growth,” the statement said.

Vitamins A and D strengthen the immune system, which is critical in times of COVID-19 pandemic, it added.

To facilitate the industry, Singhal said FFRC will also provide the necessary technical support required to enable the fortification of edible oil.

At present, 69 percent (7.94 million tonnes/annum edible oil) of packaged edible oil sold across pan-India is fortified, the statement said.

Tarun Vij, country director, GAIN, said, “The government’s mandate for scaling-up the process of edible oil fortification should go hand in hand with building capacities of the industry for producing quality assured edible oil fortified with vitamins A and D.”

Citing the example of Rajasthan, where fortification of edible oil is being done since 2011, Vij said there is a substantial reduction in vitamin A deficiency among children (10-19 years) in the state.

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