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Rice, wheat to be fortified with iron, vitamins

FSAAI has approved norms for fortification for wheat flour, while it is in the process of doing so for rice
The government on Thursday announced that rice and wheat supplied from the central pool stocks might be fortified with iron and vitamins to reduce malnutrition.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSAAI) has already approved norms for fortification for wheat flour, while it is in the process of doing so for rice, food minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters here on Thursday.
However, the proposed fortification plan is still a concept, which is being discussed at a committee of secretaries, sources said. There is plan to distribute fortified wheat in place of wheat if there was consumer demand, the sources said.
While the government plans to get the atta fortified by the millers, the fortification of rice will be done by FCI when paddy is milled, they said.
The government is yet to analyse the cost for fortification of 61 million tonnes of rice and wheat, which is the estimated annual requirement.

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