Food Fortification Represents Low-Cost, High-Impact Tool For Disease Prevention, Experts Write

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “The Optimist”: Doubling down on food fortification to fortify the future
Greg S. Garrett of GAIN and colleagues discuss the “full potential of food fortification,” writing, “In light of the new evidence of impact of food fortification as well as its cost effectiveness, it is simply unacceptable that fortified foods are not more widely available to the estimated two billion around the globe suffering from basic micronutrient deficiencies. With this low-cost, high-impact tool we can prevent disease and disability, generate massive economic returns in developing countries, and save lives. Governments, donors, the private sector, program implementers, and civil society must urgently work together to double-down on food fortification as one of the most critical public health interventions of our time…” (10/28).

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