Ultra Rice Nutrition Project

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Delivering Micronutrients to Prevent Malnutrition in India

Rice, a staple food for most people in India, may also hold the key to solving the nation’s malnutrition challenge. Ultra Rice is PATH's micronutrient delivery system that packs vitamins and minerals into rice-shaped grains. Mixing Ultra Rice with regular rice produces a nutritious product that is almost identical in smell, taste and flavor to plain rice. Aided by a $1.5 million grant from the Abbott Fund, Abbott scientists are working with the nonprofit PATH to optimize Ultra Rice technology in ways that reduce costs while improving nutritional value.

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   at AWS.Web.UI.WebControls.ImageDisplay.get_ImageUrl() More than 200 million people in India suffer from hunger and malnutrition—more than any other country in the world. Abbott, the Abbott Fund, and PATH are partnering to solve this problem. Their solution: Ultra Rice, a fortified rice supplement that packs iron and other micronutrients into tiny rice-shaped grains. Mixed with rice in a 1 to 100 proportion, each serving looks almost identical to a serving of regular rice—a daily staple for more than 65 percent of the people in India. Yet in that single serving, Ultra Rice provides half of a child’s daily requirement of iron.

The Abbott Fund has provided a three-year, $1.5 million grant to increase production capacity of fortified grains, develop low-cost quality control and blending equipment and systems, and expand the introduction of fortified rice to demonstrate sustainability and scalability within India’s public and private sector. In addition, Abbott nutrition scientists are working with PATH to improve the formulation and production of Ultra Rice through enhancement of iron delivery, expanding nutrient profile, and cost reduction.


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