Panama Approves Rice Fortification Project

The Assembly approved the investment of $1.8 million a year for the rice fortification program on the national level.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Law defines a term of 6 months for milling companies and packagers incorporate a mixture that contains various nutrients, and dosage machines that can do the job.

“The Law also establishes that the mixture must be supplied by the state to the different mills in the country, for which the fortification doesn’t cost anything.” According to an article

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The National Assembly will discuss a bill on rice fortification next Wednesday.

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