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Samples of imported fortified wheat or maize flour tested meet fortification specifications
This indicator assesses samples of imported wheat or maize flour that meet the levels specified by standards or regulations for all nutrients tested. This indicator is calculated from among all samples of imported fortified flour tested.
This indicator monitors the proportion of imported flour samples that are fortified according to specifications. The product composition influences the effectiveness and safety of the intervention. This indicator supports the quality of imported fortified flour and that the composition of the fortified flour meets the standards or regulations in the country where the flour is imported. This information provides evidence to the local milling industry that imported flour follows the same standards that the local mills are required to follow. Testing nutrient levels in imported fortified flour is typically part of regulatory monitoring activities.
The percentage of samples of imported wheat or maize flour that meet fortification specifications Numerator: the number of samples of imported fortified flour that meet the fortification specifications for all nutrients tested, from all the importation inspection sites where inspections are conducted over a given period of time (e.g. the last 12 months) Denominator: the total number of samples of imported fortified flour tested in all the importation inspection sites over the same period of time • Divide the numerator by the denominator. Multiply the result by 100 to convert the number into a percentage. Considerations for the calculations: • If measuring two or more nutrients, they all must meet the levels stipulated in regulations, for the sample to be included in the numerator.
fortification, importation, import monitoring, import sample, regulatory monitoring, verification
Food fortification
Products meets standards
School age children, 12-23 months, 24-35 months, 36-47 months, 48-59 months, 6-11 months, Adolescents, All, Men, Women of reproductive age
Copper, Folate, Iron, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin A, Thiamine (vitamin B1), Vitamin B12, Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Zinc
The collection of this indicator requires full engagement with the authorities in charge of customs.
If testing has been completed, it is relatively easy and feasible to calculate the indicator.
It may be difficult to verify and aggregate all the sample results from all the sites within a short time period. If samples are not routinely tested, then it may be difficult to collect the information needed to calculate the indicator.
As part of regulatory monitoring, a country collects samples of imported fortified maize flour annually. One year, 19 imported samples were collected and analysed for four nutrients: thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid and iron. Samples that contained the regulated amount for all four nutrients were considered to meet the regulatory specifications. One sample met the specifications. Numerator: 1 Denominator: 19 Calculation: 1/19 * 100 = 5% of samples met the regulatory specifications for all four nutrients.
1. WHO/FAO. Guidelines on food fortification with micronutrients. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2006.
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