Controlling malnutrition is top priority of government: Minister.

PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Minister for Food and irrigation Fazal Elahi on Tuesday said that elimination of malnutrition through a better food system is a top priority of the government and efforts are being made to sustain it using all available resources.

The minister expressed these views during the closing ceremony regarding one-day provincial workshop organized by Nutrition International on institutionalizing mandatory edible oil fortification in Pakistan in collaboration with KP Food Safety and Halal Food Authority, Health Department and Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association in Peshawar.

"KP government has now made it mandatory to fortify edible oil and wheat flour with essential nutrients," said the Minister", adding the KP government has passed 'Food Fortification Bill' in this regard.

Fazal extended that the bill would contribute directly to the improvement of the nutritional status of people.

The minister added further that the flour and oil industry should come forward in respect of how to overcome malnutrition. The provincial government would extend it's support for further legislation in the best public Interest.

Fazal, at the end also thanked participants for their time and interest in the workshop and appreciated the efforts of NI and its contribution towards edible oil fortification.

While addressing the occasion, Secretary Food, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Abid Wazir, stressed upon the need to address malnutrition and mentioned food fortification as one of the most effective interventions including oil and wheat flour fortification as these commodities are used by the large population.

Dr. Fazal Majeed, Director, Nutrition KP, also shared his thoughts about malnutrition and requested stakeholders to play...

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