Point-of-use fortification of foods with micronutrient powders containing iron in children of preschool and school-age

Authors: De-Regil LM, Jefferds MED, Peña-Rosas JP

Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD009666. DOI:

Approximately 600 million children of preschool and school age are anaemic worldwide. It is estimated that at least half of the cases are due to iron deficiency. Point-of-use fortification of foods with micronutrient powders (MNP) has been proposed as a feasible intervention to prevent and treat anaemia. It refers to the addition of iron alone or in combination with other vitamins and minerals in powder form, to energy-containing foods (excluding beverages) at home or in any other place where meals are to be consumed. MNPs can be added to foods either during or after cooking or immediately before consumption without the explicit purpose of improving the flavour or colour.

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