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Republic of the Philippines
Department of Health
BUREAU OF FOOD AND DRUGS
Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Administrative Order
No. 4-A s. 1995

Subject:   GUIDELINES ON MICRONUTRIENT FORTIFICATION OF PROCESSED FOODS

SECTION I. AUTHORITY

This Order is issued pursuant to Article 7, 17, 21, and 22 of R.A. 7394 known as the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

SECTION II. OBJECTIVES

1. The Department of Health issues these guidelines to improve the nutritional quality of the nation's food supply.

  1. These guidelines shall serve as a basis for the rational addition of nutrient(s) to processed foods, so that the nutritional quality of the Filipino diet can be improved and maintained.

  2. These guidelines are intended to avoid over-or-under fortification that may create imbalance in the diet as well as avoid misleading label claims to gain competitive marketing advantage.

SECTION III. DEFINITION OF TERMS

For purposes of these Guidelines, the following definitions shall apply:

1. Fortification shall mean the addition of nutrients to processed foods at levels above the natural state.

2. Processed food shall refer to food that has been subjected to some degree of processing (e.g. milling, drying, concentrating, canning, etc) which partially or completely changes the physico-chemical and/or sensory characteristics of the raw material.

3. Unprocessed food shall refer to food that has not undergone any treatment resulting in substantial change in the original state but which may have been divided, boned, skinned, peeled, ground, cut, cleaned, trimmed, fresh frozen or chilled.

4. Department means Department of Health.

5. RDA   means Recommended Dietary Allowances.

6. BFAD means the Bureau of Food and Drugs


SECTION IV. STATEMENT OF POLICIES

1. Food fortification shall be vital where there is a demonstrated need to increase the intake of an essential nutrient by one or more population groups as manifested...

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