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Food FortificationThe evidence, ethics, and politics of adding nutrients to food$
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Mark Lawrence

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691975.001.0001

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(p.245) Chapter 10 Conclusion
Food Fortification

Mark Lawrence

Oxford University Press

The book’s conclusion presents the research investigation’s lessons for food fortification policy and practice. Mandatory food fortification is a recommended intervention for those public health problems that arise when the food supply is unable to provide sufficient nutrients because of an inherent nutrient deficiency in the food supply. However, it is a limited technology for tackling public health problems that are caused by social, economic, medical and lifestyle circumstances. The evaluative frameworks that are used to inform policy responses to public health problems typically are operating to a reductionist view of food and health relationships. This view tends to privilege food fortification interventions as policy solutions to public health problems regardless of the problem’s underlying cause. Policy-makers need to better conceptualise the nature of public health problems. Their evaluative frameworks need to appraise all relevant evidence for public health interventions and not just that which conforms to a rigid orthodoxy.

Keywords:   food fortification, public health, evidence, ethics, politics, reductionist

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