Regional Training Workshop on Quality Assurance and Quality Control for Flour Fortification
22 May 2016 - 28 May 2016
Location: Makerere University, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering, Kampala, Uganda
This workshop was designed to ensure that maize and wheat flour fortification programs are implemented correctly to achieve an effective public health impact. The expected impact is a systematic reduction in vitamin and mineral deficiencies, notably of iron and folic acid. See the agenda.
The overall objective was to train those who were identified by the national stakeholders in countries in Eastern and Central Africa as responsible for the key components in the national maize and wheat flour fortification program. In addition, the country teams interacted with selected students to serve as mentors to a new generation of food fortification experts. The students and lecturers were supported by funding funding from VLIR-UOS (a Belgian development cooperation) and Ghent University. A smart partnership and collaboration between government, industry, academia and the civil society is imperative as each has a key role to play in the success of food fortification and the fight against malnutrition.
Training was based Guidelines on Food Fortification with Micronutrients (2006) from the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The event was organized by Smarter Futures, a partnership that includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, AkzoNobel, the Food Fortification Initiative, Helen Keller International (HKI) and the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF). Since 2009, Smarter Futures has offered technical training in quality assurance and quality control of fortification programs for millers, food control regulatory personnel and public health laboratory personnel from countries in Africa. Such regional training workshops have been held in Senegal (Dakar, 2009), Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam, 2011), Morocco (Casablanca, 2014), and Zimbabwe (Harare, 2015).
The presentations below are in order that they were presented during the workshop.
Countries represented included Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Sudan, Kenya, and Zambia. The 79 participants were from food industry, universities, government nutrition and regulatory monitoring staff from Ministries of Health as well as Trade and Industry.
See the participant list.
- Opening remarks by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Uganda
- Introduction presented by Filip Van Bockstaele
- "Smarter Futures" presented by Anna Verster
- "Faces of anemia" presented by Ronald Afidra
- "Folic acid and neural tube defects: What do we prevent?" presented by Anna Verster
- "Economic consequences of deficiencies" presented by Quentin Johnson
- "Flour fortification overview - global and regional update" presented by Ronald Afidra
- "Monitoring and surveillance of food fortification programs (FORTIMAS) presented by Anna Verster
- "Food fortification legislation and standards in theory" presented by Quentin Johnson
- "Food fortification legislation and standards in practice" presented by Philip Randall
- "FACT: Fortification Assessment Coverage Tool" presented by Laird Ruth
- "Enable laboratory assessment results for the region" presented by Sarah Ngalombi
- "Milling technology for cereals" presented by Filip Van Bockstaele
- "Flour fortification at the mill, premix and feeders" presented by Quentin Johnson
- "Milling industry quality assurance principles and practices" presented by Philip Randall
- "Milling industry and quality assurance: Belgian case study" presented by Filip Van Bockstaele
- "Quality at the mill" presented by Quentin Johnson
- "Opportunities and constraints that affect national food control systems" presented by Philip Randall
- "Performing Audits" presented by Philip Randall
- "Meet chelates and micronutrients"
- "Wheat flour fortification and quality control at Bakhresa Grain Milling (U) Ltd." presented by Hamida Ittiso
- "Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) platform for quality and safety"
- "Introduction to iron, interactions with iron, and recommended storage" presented by Annette Büter
- "Feeder errors" look for errors in each photo and see the last slide to check your answers
- Report from visit to Bakhresa Grain Milling (U) Ltd
- Reports from visits to chemistry labs
- "Quality control for iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid" presented by Tom Hellemans
- "End product quality: baking trials" presented by Filip Van Bockstaele
- "Chemical assays for fortificants: Method validation" presented by Anna Zhenchuk
- Ethiopia working group report
- Kenya working group report
- Mozambique working group report
- Rwanda working group report
- South Sudan working group report
- Tanzania working group report
- Uganda working group report
With special thanks to the following companies which made financial contributions towards costs of flights and conference expenses:
This workshop was also made possible in part by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are responsibility of the organizers and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.