Fermenta Biotech has commissioned a new facility to manufacture fortified rice kernel (FRK) in Pennepalli, Tirupati district in Andhra Pradesh. With this, Fermenta has entered the rice fortification market and bolstered its emerging portfolio in nutrition. The FRK produced will be enriched with iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid, in compliance with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) guidelines for rice fortification, the company said today.
An alarmingly high incidence of nutritional anaemia due to deficiency of iron, folate and B12 is seen especially in children and women of child-bearing age in developing countries, including India. In light of the rampant malnutrition prevalence, the Government of India pledged to ensure that by 2024, all rice distributed by the government would be fortified. The government also announced plans to initiate rice fortification under various schemes, including the public distribution system (PDS), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), PM-POSHAN (erstwhile Mid-Day Meal Scheme) and other welfare schemes.
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Fortified rice manufacturers mix fortified rice kernel with traditional milled rice thereby enhancing its nutritional content. India is one of the leading rice producers, with a geographically and economically diverse rice-consuming population. Moreover, the incremental cost for fortifying rice is low, making it a scalable and cost-effective strategy. Studies have shown the acceptability of fortified rice by consumers along with significant retention of micronutrients after processing.
Prashant Nagre, Managing Director, Fermenta Biotech, said, “Fermenta is proud to launch its FRK offering, thereby contributing towards overcoming micronutrient deficiency in India and across the world. As a sustainable and responsible business, we endeavour to provide world-class quality products including FRK that would take our nation closer to achieving the targets for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on Zero Hunger and Good Health & Well-being.”
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Fermenta Biotech has commissioned a new facility to manufacture fortified rice kernel (FRK) in Pennepalli