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Selecting desirable micronutrient fortificants for plant-based complementary foods for infants and young children in low-income countries

Selecting desirable micronutrient fortificants for plant-based complementary foods for infants and young children in low-income countries

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 95(2): 221-224

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that both breast-fed and non-breast-fed children are fed micronutrient fortified complementary foods designed to meet their high nutrient requirements from aged 6 to 23 months of age. This paper summarises the steps recommended by WHO/FAO to identify the country-specific micronutrient shortfalls in complementary diets and establish desirable levels of bioavailable fortificants for centrally processed plant-based complementary foods for infant and young child feeding. The goal of the WHO/FAO guidelines is to achieve a desirably low prevalence of inadequate micronutrient intakes in the target group whilst simultaneously ensuring minimal risk of excessive intakes.

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PMID: 24752372

DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.6701

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