Workshop on edible oil fortification held



A provincial workshop on institutionalizing mandatory edible oil fortification in Pakistan was organized by Nutrition International in collaboration with Sindh Food Authority, and Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association at Karachi.

The workshop was attended by Mr. Agha Fakhar Hussain (Director General, Sindh Food Authority); Mr. Shahrukh Khan (Director General, KP Food Authority); Mr. Qasim Soomro (MPA & Parliamentary Secretary on health); Ms. Sahib Jan Badar (Project Coordinator, Accelerated Action Plan, Govt. of Sindh); Mr. Shaikh Abdul Razaq (Chairman PVMA); Mr. Shaikh Umar (former President Korangi Association of Trade & Industry) Mr. Kanwar Karni Singh Sodha, Mr. Zameer Haider (National program Manager, Nutrition International), and different officials from government and private institutions andacademia.

The main purpose of the workshop was to raise awareness on the importance of foritifed edible oil and acknowledge the role of industry and public sector food regulatory bodies in implementing and sustaining oil fortification.

The senior officials from Sindh Food Authority, PVMA, Food department, health department, PSQCA and the government departments discusssed the importance of fortification of edible oil with vitamins A & D and committed to support each other to ensure provision of safe, healthy, and fortified with edible oil to the end- user in order to reduce micronutrient deficiencies among the population.