International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Southeast Asia District Conference and Expo

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When

08 October 2012 - 10 October 2012

Where

Location: Marriott Manila, Pasay City - Manila, Philippines

Region: Asia

Summary

Flour fortification was highlighted in several ways during the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Southeast Asia District Conference and Expo in Manila in October 2012.

At the Expo, participants were challenged with a taste test to see if they could determine whether noodles were made with fortified flour. The noodles were cooked without seasoning to not bias the answers. The professional millers attending the meeting determined that fortification did not make any difference in the noodles' flavor. See photos...

After the IAOM meeting, Philippine Foremost Milling Corporation kindly offered a tour of its facility to highlight the operational and quality aspects of wheat flour fortification.

During the IAOM session, Juan Antonio Solon from the Nutrition Center of the Philippines made a presentation on the past and future of flour fortification there. The Philippines has fortified flour for several years and is one of the few countries that includes vitamin A in the fortification standard but does not include folic acid. He said that future plans are to continue fortifying flour with iron, consider adjusting the levels of vitamin A, and consider adding folic acid to the standard. Read more....

Also during the IAOM meeting, Annoek van den Wijngaart, FFI Associate Executive Officer for Asia, made a presentation on flour fortification progress globally and in the region. Read more...

See the meeting summary.