SAN FERNANDO CITY – The National Food Authority Region 1 has introduced its I-Rice or Iron Fortified Rice (IFR) Program during the first regular Regional Nutrition Council cum Provincial/City Nutrition Action Officers’ meeting held at the Gualberto’s Complex here last January 26, 2011.
In introducing the I-Rice or Iron Fortified Rice (IFR) Program of NFA, Regional Director Danilo I. Pastrana said this is in accordance to the Republic Act No. 8976, “The Philippine Food Fortification Act of 2000”, an act establishing the Philippine food fortification program and for other purposes.
Pastrana emphasized that I-Rice is intended to address the issue on micronutrient deficiency that the country is experiencing. Accordingly, regular consumption of I-Rice can help prevent the onset of having anemia, helps in making our body strong and our mind alert and it increases our resistance against infections.
IFR is good for family members especially to pregnant women, growing children, and lactating mothers. It is safe to eat because the fortificant used is approved by the World Health Organization and Agricultural Organization and it is Halal certified for the Muslim/Islam consumers. The fortification process is carefully studied and processed wherein the milled rice is being added with the Iron Rice Premix (IRP) and it is found safe or no over dosage if taken in large amount.
Pastrana turned over the IFR sample to DOH-CHD 1 Director Valeriano Lopez, Jr. and NPC Victoria N. Mañez of NNC 1 together with Director Oscar Mabalot of POPCOM, Region 1.#