Guidelines on food fortification with micronutrients

Type of Paper: World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines

Purpose: In 2002, the WHO established an expert group to create guidelines to assist countries in establishing and implementing food fortification programs. The publication of these guidelines provides a thorough review of the worldwide problem of micronutrient malnutrition.

The guidelines are composed of several sections. This summary will focus on Chapter 1, Micronutrient malnutrition: a public health problem as well as information throughout the report that refers to general micronutrient malnutrition.

The Global Prevalence of Micronutrient Malnutrition:

Risk Factors for Micronutrient Malnutrition:

Health Consequences of Deficiencies

Reference: Allen LH, De Benoist B, Dary O, Hurrell R, eds. Guidelines on food fortification with micronutrients. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2006.