FSQA, FAO hold food fortification synergy

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations have recently conducted a day synergy on food fortification.

The objective of the intervention was to contribute to national household food security by strengthening the laws and regulations for food fortification and increasing targeted vulnerable communities’ knowledge and skills for producing bio-fortified crops.

The sensitisation targeted importers, traders and clearing agents on the new food fortification requirements.

The project is also expected to contribute to the reduction of stunting and wasting rates among children aged under five years and reduce anemia among women in bearing age from Central River and North Bank Regions.

Bai Dodou Jallow, the director of scientific affairs at FSQA said the sensitisation targeted importers and exporters who engage in food products like wheat flour, edible oil and iodised salt.

He said those who are producing the targeted food products in the country will have to make sure that they are fortified with micro nutrients. “We have found that this is one way to tackle the problem of micro nutrients deficiency.” 

He said the setting of standards for these products through the support of The Gambia Standards Bureau will elevate them to a technical regulation. “These regulations are going to be enforced all over the country and when they become laws, everybody has to conform to it. That means those who are bringing in food will make sure that the food they are bringing especially mention products fortified with micro nutrients.”

Mr. Jallow said the micronutrient deficiencies have negative implications on child and maternal health and improving nutrition and food security is a priority concern for the Gambia Government. 

Author: Fatou Dem and Kaddy Cham