NFA promotes i-Rice to combat Anemia
June 15,2013 12:20 AM
By: Justine Christiamarie Sedigo Obando
TO LESSEN the prevalence of Iron Deficiency Anemia among children and pregnant women, the National Food Authority (NFA) is promoting the use of i-Rice or Iron fortified rice.
In the latest 2008 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Iron Deficiency Anemia is prevalent among children 6 months to less than a year old, as well as pregnant and lactating mothers.
This prompted the development of i-Rice, a mixture of white milled rice and I-Mix or iron rice premix processed through fortification or addition of minerals. Anemia can cause long-term, delayed or impaired psychomotor functions and frequent illness in infants, growth retardation and poor psychological and behavioral activity in children, premature births for pregnant women, and frequent illness in adults.
NFA stressed that i-Rice is safe to eat, and it looks and tastes like any regular rice.
It also added there can be no over dosage in eating i-Rice because it only provides 1/2 of the daily Recommended Energy Nutrient Intake (RENI) for Iron.
I-Rice is available in NFA accredited rice retail outlets in the country.