Charity claims ready to use foods are crucial to reduce childhood malnutrition

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:471
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    A charity is calling for greater use of nutrient dense ready to use foods (RUFs) at this week’s annual meeting of the United Nations standing committee on nutrition in Hanoi.

    Médicins Sans Frontières is lobbying for their increased use “as an effective response that can save the lives of acutely malnourished children,” as well as to help the 40% of the world’s children who are chronically malnourished.

    These products come in the form of milk and peanut based pastes enriched with the vitamins and nutrients needed for rapid recovery. Because they do not need refrigeration …

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