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Introduction

Mark Lawrence

in Food Fortification

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199691975
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748806 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691975.003.0001
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The book’s introduction provides a description of food fortification and outlines the research approach that was undertaken to investigate this technology. Food fortification, the addition of one or more nutrients to a food to prevent or correcting a demonstrated nutrient deficiency, has become an increasingly common intervention for tackling various public health problems. However, it can be controversial and provokes competing views among actors about the evidence that informs its policy and practice and the ethical considerations it raises regarding the rights of individuals, population groups, and the public as a whole. The research aim of the investigation presented in this book was to provide insights into the public health benefits, risks, and ethical considerations of food fortification and understandings of its policy-making processes. The research was structured around a novel conceptual framework that sets out ways of thinking about three plausible public health rationales for undertaking mandatory food fortification.

Keywords: food fortification; public health; research; nutrients; evidence; ethics; policy-making

Chapter.  7054 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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