Gambia: Barrow Calls On Food Manufacturers, Producers to Comply With Food Fortification Regulations

President Adama Barrow has called on food manufacturers, producers and importers to comply with new food fortification regulations launched to standardise foods in the country.

President Barrow made this remark in a speech read by Dr. Isatou Touray, vice president of The Gambia during the launching of the Food Fortification Regulation 2020 at Sir Dawda Jawara International Conference hall.

The project is funded by European Union (EU) and supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in partnership with the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA).

“With the launch of the regulation, I am urging producers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of flour, edible oil and salt to comply with the requirement of the regulation to improve the micronutrient status of The Gambian population. And by extension protecting the health of the consumers,” he said.

“I am equally urging consumers of these foods to demand safe and nutritious foods by making informed choices.”

He said micronutrient deficiencies formed an important global health issue and added malnutrition affecting key development outcomes including poor physical and mental development among children, mental retardation, blindness and general losses in productivity and potential.

“The health impacts of micronutrient deficiencies are not always acutely visible. It is sometimes hiding,” he noted.

The head of state said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that more than two billion people suffer micronutrient deficiency worldwide.