Student Dissertation

Agency : Fortification; GAIN; Conformity; Premix; Quality Assessment

Objective : • To know Aspects of Quality Assessment of Food Fortification Project. • To know Conformity status among fortified wheat flour, oil and milk.

Background : The IPS project was launched in February 2010 by Shri Parasadi Lal Meena, Honorable Minister of Food and Civil Supplies, Govt. of Rajasthan. It refers to “integrating” multiple food vehicles like wheat flour, oil, milk to be delivered through different delivery channels Commercial open market and public funded programs such as the ICDS, MDM and PDS through a project based model for fortification of these foods with iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 and Vitamin A. IIHMR signed a Grant Agreement as the Executing Agency to implement the food fortification project under the Integrated Program Strategy with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). The project has a multi-sectoral partnership with the Government of Rajasthan, the civil society and the private sector.

Methodology : This was a descriptive study. The study was based on secondary data. Secondary data was collected from the office of Integrated Programme Strategy Project, Jaipur. Analysis was done with the help of MS excel sheet.

Findings : • Study shows that percentage of conformity wheat flour is less than oil and milk because it does not mix easily with fortification vehicle. • Study shows that conformity oil and milk is 100 % because both are easily mixable with fortification vehicle. It was found that the programme has made a significant impact thus it is advisable that the policy makers should replicate the idea of oil, milk and wheat flour fortification to facilitate this national legislation and standards has to be made. A continuous scientific guidance and support related to Wheat flour fortification is necessary. Some degree of regulatory monitoring is equally critical. Of the three main categories of regulatory monitoring – internal monitoring and external monitoring (conducted at factories and packers) and commercial monitoring (conducted at retail stores) is a must. In settings where effective enforcement mechanisms exist, it is usually sufficient to confirm compliance with regulations in samples taken from retail stores (commercial monitoring). Elsewhere it is prudent to conduct external monitoring at both the factory level and at retail stores.