Point-of-Use Fortification of Foods with Micronutrient Powders Containing Iron in Children of Preschool and School-Age

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: November 2017

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that when people fortify foods with multiple micronutrient powders at home or other places where meals are eaten, it can reduce anemia and iron deficiency in children ages 2 to 12 years. The review included studies in low-income countries where anemia is a public health problem, and the micronutrient powders contained iron and other vitamins and minerals. Researchers did not find any effect on diarrhea.

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De‐Regil,  L.M., Jefferds,  M.E.D. & Peña‐Rosas, J.P. (2017). Point‐of‐use fortification of foods with micronutrient powders containing iron in children of preschool and school‐age. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017 (11). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009666.pub2.