Rice is the seed of the different grass species and as a cereal grain, it is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population. This food provides 20 percent of the world’s dietary energy supply and is one of the main staples in many countries with severe vitamin- and mineral deficiencies. Emerging countries in Southeast Asia, Central and South America and Africa are employing this fortification strategy through governmental food agencies and authorities. Rice fortification therefore offers significant leverage to counter malnutrition.
BASF has teamed up with leading experts in rice fortification, to provide you with sustainable and high quality rice fortification solutions worldwide. With the method of coating vital nutrients are added to a genuine rice kernel. The micronutrients are liquefied with waxes or gums and sprayed onto rice grains to form a premix. Once blended with plain rice they form an end product of which the micronutrients do not wash off.
Whereby several technologies for rice fortification exist, the method supported by BASF is the most cost-efficient method in rice fortification. It is preferable as only a simple type of equipment is required, which tremendously reduces the risk of unequal load. Color and bulk density of fortified rice is similar to natural grains. As the fortified kernel looks the same as non-fortified rice segregation is eliminated when combined with unfortified grains. Furthermore, the method does not require any change in eating or cooking habits, e.g. as micronutrients do not wash off. Therefore, it suits most of the world’s rice eating population’s eating habits.
Please contact us for more information on your rice fortification project.