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Food fortification politics: the actors, activities, and agendas

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/9780199691975.003.0003
Food fortification politics: the actors, activities, and agendas

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Food fortification is an especially political public health intervention. It is associated with a diversity of conceptual, vested interest, and technical challenges. This chapter outlines the structure and procedures of food regulatory systems at national and global levels where food fortification is planned, implemented, and (sometimes) evaluated. Within these food regulatory systems, food fortification politics is played out by actors, their activities, and dominant political agendas. The interplay between these political variables shapes how evidence and ethics is valued in food fortification policy-making. Power relationships within the global food regulatory system in particular are changing and certain business interest- and public interest- non-government organisations are exerting substantial influence over food fortification. They are exerting this influence through advocacy and framing activities. Among the political agendas, it is the global health governance arrangements actively promoting public-private partnerships that are most instrumental in shaping power relationships in food fortification policy and practice.

Keywords: food fortification; politics; governance; power; evidence; ethics; food regulatory system

Chapter.  12005 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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