Royal DSM Powers Nutrition Among Workers In Malaysia

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | 1287 Views

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, announced that it has started serving fortified lunch to its workers at its Malaysia Premix Plant.

As part of the company’s efforts to deliver proper nutrition and improve food security for its workers, DSM is providing lunch that includes fortified rice kernels enhanced with essential micronutrients. Rice fortification is capable of alleviating micronutrient deficiencies, and is supported by the likes of the United Nations World Food Programme.

“Good nutrition has always been an emphasis and proponent of our business. Micronutrient deficiencies affect more than a third of the world’s population and out business mission is to address these challenges by offering fortified rice that will ease common ailments such as fatigue, muscle ache and poor concentration that result from poor nutrition. It is only necessary that our workers should be catered for with enriched nutrition, to ensure that their well-being is also sufficiently enhanced,” said Andre Rhoen, vice president of Human Nutrition & Health Asia Pacific.

DSM’s fortification technology, which includes dusting, coating and extrusion, allow several micronutrients to be added into the rice simultaneously. These added micronutrients cover a majority of nutritional gaps, including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, iron, and zinc.

Underlining its commitment to nutrition, DSM also recently held its Sustainable Evidence-based Actions for Change in Singapore. This workshop gathered cross-sector partners from all industries with an objective to develop effective, affordable and nutritious products aimed at low- to middle- income consumers in Southeast and South Asian countries.

The outcome of this event has enabled new collaborations between non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies, governments and private sector organisations to participate in projects like rice fortification, new nutritious product development, and focussed advocacy for improving nutrition.


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