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PATH, Abbott and the Abbott Fund Form Innovative Partnership to Prevent Malnutrition
Date:11/3/2011

pasta-extrusion equipment. When the grains are blended with milled rice, typically at a 1:100 ratio, the resulting product is nearly identical to traditional rice in smell, taste, and texture. It is also more nutritious, offering rice-consuming populations a chance at healthier, more productive lives.

More than 30 studies in ten countries, including India, form the evidence base for PATH's Ultra Rice fortification technology and confirm that regular consumption of fortified rice helps to bridge dietary gaps, boost health, and prevent malnutrition in women and in children, for whom micronutrient deficiency exacts the greatest toll.

Goals for the Partnership

Building on PATH's prior market introduction activities in India, the partnership will catalyze the rice fortification market by:

  • Increasing the overall production capacity of manufacturers of fortified grains in India. PATH will work to expand the manufacturing base of Ultra Rice in India to enhance competition, lower costs, and meet future anticipated demand for fortified rice.
  • Developing low-cost quality control equipment and systems to ensure that fortified rice meets appropriate standards. To ensure that intended levels of fortification are met, PATH and Abbott scientists will collaborate with local manufacturers to create low-cost monitoring systems for rice millers in India and around the world.
  • Developing high-quality, low-cost blending equipment to enable small and medium-sized rice mills to blend the fortified grains with milled rice. PATH will develop appropriate blending equipment, enabling small and medium-sized rice mills to cost-effectively blend the fortified grains into their rice supplies. Collectively, these millers serve the majority of people in India who receive their rice through India's public-sector programs.
  • Expanding the introduction of fortified rice to de
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