Key points

  • Fortification involves the addition of nutrients to foods irrespective of whether or not the nutrients were originally present in the food.
  • Fortification is a means of improving the nutritional status of a population (or potentially a sub-population).
  • Some foods are fortified by law (e.g. margarine), others voluntarily (e.g. breakfast cereals).
  • Safety and technical considerations are taken into account when deciding which foods to fortify and to what level.
  • Fortified foods make an important contribution to diets in the UK.

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