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close this bookFood and Nutrition Bulletin Volume 19, Number 2, 1998 (UNU, 1998, 100 pages)
close this folderKey economic issues
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentWhat role should industry and government play?
View the documentCompulsory or voluntary fortification?
View the documentWhat are the economic benefits and costs of food fortification?
View the documentCurrent experience with cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis
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Economic issues of fortification that are addressed by economists include the role industry and government should play, the question of compulsory or voluntary fortification, the nature of the economic costs and benefits of food fortification, and the level of public investment justified for implementation and quality assurance. Emphasis is placed on knowledge about the costs and benefits of fortification. Essentially, the literature shows that micronutrient fortification is one of the most cost-effective health interventions and represents a very efficient use of public resources.