Food Fortification: The evidence, ethics, and politics of adding nutrients to food

Paperback | January 29, 2013

byMark Lawrence

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Food Fortification: The evidence, ethics, and politics of adding nutrients to food critically analyses mandatory food fortification as a technology for protecting and promoting public health. An increasing number of foods fortified with novel amounts and combinations of nutrients are beingintroduced into the food supplies of countries around the world to raise populations' nutrient intakes. It is a technology that is becoming more widely used to tackle a variety of public health problems such as micronutrient malnutrition.Food fortification policies and programs are controversial. There are disputes over the ethics of food fortification as everyone who consumes fortified foods will be exposed to raised levels of nutrients irrespective of whether they will gain any benefit and often without their knowledge. There arealso contested views about the evidence that is available to support such activities.This book discusses mandatory food fortification as an intervention to protect and promote public health through presenting a synthesis of the findings from research investigations into three topical case studies of mandatory food fortification: Universal salt iodisation to help prevent goitre;mandatory flour fortification with folic acid to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects; and mandatory milk fortification with vitamin D to help prevent vitamin D deficiency. Each case study is assessed for its public health benefits, risks and ethical considerations.

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Food Fortification: The evidence, ethics, and politics of adding nutrients to food critically analyses mandatory food fortification as a technology for protecting and promoting public health. An increasing number of foods fortified with novel amounts and combinations of nutrients are beingintroduced into the food supplies of countries ...

Mark has over 25 years experience working in food policy at local, national and international levels. As Director of the University's Food Policy Unit, Mark's research grants and interests focus on the politics of food fortification, protecting food security in the context of environmental sustainability challenges and obesity preventi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 29, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199691975

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionSection 1: The evidential, ethical, and political underpinnings of food fortification2. Food fortification evidence and ethics3. Food fortification politics: the actors, activities, and agendas4. Investigating food fortificationSection 2: The case studies5. Case study 1: Universal salt iodisation6. Case study 2: Mandatory flour fortification with folic acid7. Case study 3: Mandatory milk fortification with vitamin DSection 3: Insights from the past and present, and a view to the future8. Insights for food fortification and public health9. A view to the future10. Conclusion