The food manufacturing sector has made significant steps to comply with statutory instrument 120 of 2016 as some have launched fortification of their edible products.

Following the government directive of ensuring that food processing industries promote adequate nutritional security for all people through fortification, a local oil expressing company has started fortifying its products.

Officiating on behalf of the Minister for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs, Ambassador Angeline Masuku during a cooking oil fortification launch by a Bulawayo based company, Mrs Pamela Phuthi who is the Provincial Affairs Director applauded the private sector for heeding to government calls.

“Today we are witnessing the progression of that all important alliance between government and private sector in addressing the nutritional differences in the diet of ordinary Zimbabweans especially young children between the ages one to five,” she said.

Delivering his speech, the United Refineries Chief Executive Officer Mr Busisa Moyo said the corporate world should not only seek to generally meet customer demands, but go an extra mile of delivering nutritionally rich products.

“We don’t just want to supply food to our customers we want to bring lasting nutrition to our users and our fans. Our customers deserve not only a clean environment but also a healthy body,” he said.

Food fortification has been recommended by researchers as a solution to nutritional deficiency in edible products.