Global Progress of Industrially Milled Cereal Grain Fortification
Globally 84 countries have legislation to mandate fortification of at least one industrially milled cereal grain. Of these, 83 countries mandate fortification of wheat flour alone or in combination with other grains. One country - Papua New Guinea - has a mandate only for rice fortification.
See this spreadsheet of countries with mandatory legislation for each grain.
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Note: If a country has multiple foods that include the nutrient in the standard, the country will appear multiple times in the downloaded file.
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We define mandatory as legislation that has the effect of requiring fortification with at least iron or folic acid. Most countries permit fortification. Voluntary means the country has a standard for fortification, but fortification is not mandatory.
Nine countries fortify more than half of their industrially milled wheat flour even though it is not mandatory. These include Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Lesotho, Namibia, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and the United Arab Emirates. Three countries - Lesotho, Namibia, and Nicaragua - fortify more than 50% of their industrially milled maize flour even though it is not mandatory.
Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic have large-scale rice fortification programs though rice fortification is not mandatory throughout these countries.
We estimate that 32% of the world's industrially milled wheat flour, 54% of industrially milled maize flour, and 1% of industrially milled rice is fortified with at least iron or folic acid through these mandatory and voluntary efforts. See the 2018 Annual Report for an explanation of the calculation.
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Mandatory Cereal Grain Fortification Legislation - September 2019
The map above reflects the legislation by grain or combination of grains as follows:
- 63 red countries have legislation for wheat flour alone
- 14 green countries have legislation for wheat flour and maize flour
- 4 orange countries have legislation for wheat flour and rice (Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines, Solomon Islands)
- 2 blue countries have legislation for wheat flour, maize flour, and rice (Costa Rica and the United States)
- 1 yellow country has legislation for rice alone (Papua New Guinea)