National Food and Nutrition Commission
National Food and Nutrition Commission

National Food and Nutrition Commission has identified two hundred and fifty five hundred food items that are to undergo scientific analysis to establish their nutrient content.

The commission has also urged all Zambians to consume a mix of various foods to help them exploit a wider range of nutrient uptake.

Speaking to ZANIS in a phone interview, National Food and Nutrition Commission Executive Director, Musonda Mofu advised the public to consume at least 13 different food groups in a week.

Mr. Mofu who said that the country is gifted with a variety of natural food stuffs has advised the public to take advantage and consume the food in their various assortment.

He noted that the identified food stuffs are being analyzed for their nutrient content so as to see how best to fully exploit their nutrient value.

Mr. Mofu affirmed that funds have been sought to carry out tests on the food items identified.

He has since assured the public that once tests are completed, the commission will then make public the best ways to exploit the nutritional content of food stuffs identified.

Mr. Mofu further stated that there are a number of nutritious foods that are on the market that could help boost nutrition in the country.

He pointed out that plants like Moringa, Boa Barb fruit, Tamarind (Musika) and other wonder fruits could easily provide adequate nutrition if consumed as supplements.

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  1. Yayaya… this is absolutely disastrous… pure shantie compound mentality… read this excerpt below…

    “He noted that the identified food stuffs are being analyzed for their nutrient content so as to see how best to fully exploit their nutrient value.”

    As a country, I thought all that is produced including all their contents is on Zambia’s food database.

    That we only released consumables onto the market when analyses and contents recorded and put on a database? Wow!!!!

    We are in big trouble!

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  2. I have big concerns about your comment in regards to the 3 items , muringa, baobab and tamarind being used as nutritious/ supplements. Please consult with medical experts on the use of herbal supplements especially when taking some prescribed medications as some of them interact with prescribed meds. Be cautious when mixed with portent drugs such as arvs as efficacy may be reduced etc.
    Nothing wrong with taking herbal supplements as long as they don’t interact with your prescribed medication. People should have information made available to them about the use of herbal drugs while taking certain prescribed drugs.

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  3. “Two hundred and fifty five hundred food items”??? As a food scientist I am flabbergasted at the concept advanced for the analysis of identified foods. This poses more questions than answers as to whether or not these guys are doing these tests for the benefit of Zambians or there is an autetior motive somewhere to just spend the money. This exercise is a futile exercise and a waste of resources if it is meant to achieve what these guys pupport it will achieve. This is a typical futile waste of resources on the continent of Africa. A benefit of doubt is that this story may have been miss represented by our learned “Journalists”.

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  4. All foodstuffs consumed in Zambia nutritional values. So those 255 are GMOs you’ve created. Stop bluffing around, don’t waste resources otherwise you’ll go to the gallows.

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  5. Who ever wrote that article did not come out clear as to which food stuff will be subjected to the tests. But from the few mentioned I guess the foods being talked about are wild fruits or simply Wild foods. Mabuyu, masuku, bucinga, busika…the list is endless.

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