Fortification of Food with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are key strategic ingredients currently being actively considered for fortification of food by several food and beverage companies to impart known health benefits and value addition, to their food products. Increasing consumer awareness of the health benefits of the essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3s, is generating a wealth of opportunities for their use in functional foods. In recent years, a plethora of omega-3-fortified food products have reached the market, ranging from meat, eggs, and dairy products to cereals, cereal bars, and infant formula. This article reviews various aspects of omega-3 fortification of food products and highlights the compliance of regulatory guidelines applicable to such products.
KeywordsFortification Omega-3s Fortified products Fortification Policy Infant formula Fortification regulatory guidelines Functional food ALA AA EPA DHA Omega-3 eggs Omega-3 chicken MNM
List of Abbreviations
Essential fatty acids
Polyunsaturated fatty acids
Normal recommended values
Code of Federal Regulations
- US FDA
United States of America Food and Drug administration
Generally recognized as safe
Recommended daily intake
Council for Responsible Nutrition
Ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid
Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids
Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation
Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act
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