National Food Fortification Day
NOVEMBER 7 is National Food Fortification Day.
Nationwide surveys done in the early 90s revealed the rising incidence of micronutrient malnutrition, resulting from vitamin A deficiency disorder, iron deficiency anemia, and iodine deficiency disorder among children and women of reproductive age - the group identified as the most susceptible to micronutrient malnutrition.
The government established the Philippine Food Fortification Program by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 8976. The program mandates the addition of Sangkap Pinoy or micronutrients such as vitamin A, iron, and iodine to food to prevent or correct an observed micronutrient deficiency in a specific population group. Sangkap Pinoy are vitamins and minerals needed by our body in very small quantities, but are essential in maintaining a strong, healthy, and active physique and a sharp mind. They also enable women to bear healthy children.
The Sangkap Pinoy Seal Program is the Department of Health (DoH) strategy to encourage food manufacturers to fortify their products with any one or a combination of vitamin A, iron, and iodine. Brands that have met DoH fortification standards are allowed to integrate the seal in their packaging designs as proof of their products' nutritional value. …