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Curating articles on #food, #nutrition, #health including related topics such as #malnutrition #obesity #diabetes #foodlabeling #stunting #supplements. #biofortified, #omega-3s. Senior editor/curator - Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D.
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Fortified Rice Enhances Nutrition Benefits Of Social Safety Nets For The Poorest In Bangladesh

31 July 2013, WFP, Dhaka, Bangladesh -- "Poor rural villagers in Bangladesh are now receiving rice fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, under a new joint initiative between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Bangladesh, supported by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and global science company Royal DSM.

 

“The Kingdom of the Netherlands is very happy to fund this initiative and to work together with the Government of Bangladesh, WFP and DSM,” said Gerben de Jong, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 

The Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Tariq-ul Islam, and the WFP Representative in Bangladesh, Christa Räder, visited rice production and distribution sites in Kurigram today.

 

“Rice is Bangladesh’s most important staple food – it is the largest part of most people’s daily diet,” said Räder. “Fortified rice can deliver essential vitamins and minerals missing in many people’s meals, and can help ensure the poorest get the nutrition they need for an active and healthy life.”

 

Regular milled rice is low in micronutrients and serves primarily as a source of carbohydrates.  Fortified rice kernels developed by DSM are enhanced with essential micronutrients, but look, taste and cook like ordinary rice. These kernels are combined with regular rice; local millers in Kurigram and Satkhira have been engaged for this purpose.

 

Currently, the fortified rice is distributed to 3,000 women under the Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme in Kurigram Sadar Upazila. In the coming weeks 6,000 people registered in the government’s Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme in Satkhira will also receive fortified rice. Women and men from both locations will take part in an acceptability trial conducted in collaboration with the development organisation BRAC. ..."

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Police in Bihar state in India: Pesticide found in deadly school lunch

20 July 2013, UPI, Patna, India -- "The food served for a school lunch that killed 23 children contained an agricultural pesticide, police in India said Saturday.

 

Ravinder Kumar, assistant director general of the Patna police, told reporters at a news conference monocrotophos, an insecticide known to be toxic to humans, was discovered in samples of oil and in a mixture of rice and vegetables, CNN reported.

 

The poisoning occurred at a one-room school in a village in the state of Bihar in eastern India, one of the poorest areas in the country. Witnesses said the children began vomiting soon after they finished lunch.

 

The school was described as a ramshackle one-room building. Like other government schools in India, it is required to provide a free lunch for pupils age 12 and younger.

 

The children who died or became sick were between the ages of 5 and 12.

 

The cook, Manju Devi, told police the headmistress, Meena Kumari, ordered her to go on with lunch preparations even thought she said the mustard oil she was using smelled bad. Devi was hospitalized while police were searching for Kumari to question her.

 

Bihari officials announced Friday a commission has been established to review procedures to ensure school food is safe. ..."

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