While fortification plays an important role in adding important elements to food, many products are still devoid of micronutrients.Deficiency inmicronutrients, such as Vitamin A, iron, iodine, folic acid, and zinccan result in poor physical and mental growth, particularly in children. At least half of children worldwide ages 6 months to 5 years suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiency. Milk is one of the most basic foods that can most conveniently be fortified and consumed considering that it comes under the periphery of being a staple food. Keeping in mind the need forfortification in milk,Lotus Dairy todayorganised a training session on milk fortificationin association with IIHMR University. During the session, project heads from IIHMR explained the benefits of fortification in milk, along with how it benefits consumers while they also educated on statutory compliances for fortified milk.
According to Mr. Anuj Modi, Director, Lotus Dairy, “Micronutrient-related malnutrition is a universal issue that affects more than 2 billion people around the globe.Inadequate intake of vital micronutrients can havea long-lasting and detrimental impact on the economic, social, and physical well-being of our consumers and their families.Therefore, with a commitment to promote nutrition in the society, Lotus Dairy has endeavored to add micronutrient supplementation to its existing range of dairy products.”
Currently, 60.3% children, 46.8% women, and 17.2 percent of men are anemic in Rajasthan.
Lotus Dairy is a Rajasthan-based dairy which works with a vision to develop an alternative to Government sector dairy plants where processing of milk is controlled by process automation. State-of-the-art technology is adopted to integrate and completely automate all functions to ensure high product quality/reliability and safety.
IIHMR University is a leading knowledge institution of the country engaged in teaching, research and training in the domains of public health, health and hospital administration, pharmaceutical management and rural development.IIHMR advocates and addresses the problem of under nutrition in young children which continues to be a major public health problem in India, it has initiated fortification training sessions to create awareness.