Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa has been taken to the High Court over the Food Fortification regulations which were recently promulgated. The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMZ) have approached the High Court saying the new regulations are “grossly unreasonable.” This comes after Parirenyatwa recently announced:
(No) person shall manufacture, import, store or sell any wheat flour and milled maize products unless fortified.
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Fortification refers to the process of adding nutrients to the food. The Minister cited health problems as the major reason for the fortification.
GMZ deputy chairperson, Thembenkosi Ndlovu said:
Those problems (Health problems) are prevalent in the rural areas and people in rural areas do not or seldom consume our member’s products.
The Regulations are not sensitive to the reality, they have simply decreed that anyone who fails to comply with them is a criminal and must be sentenced to a term of imprisonment.
A government Minister properly considering the matter could not have come up with this kind of prescription.
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