The National Plan of Action for Nutrition of Malaysia II (NPANM II) is a 10-year framework, running until 2015, for integrating nutrition-related activities across the country. Its objective is enhancing the nutritional wellbeing of Malaysians and addressing the rising incidence of diet-related, non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
Nestlé has supported NPANM II initiatives by:
fortifying relevant products with commonly deficient nutrients reducing health-sensitive nutrients
providing educational materials to improve consumer awareness training employees and students.
Nestlé Malaysia innovated and reformulated a range of products to meet the nutrient deficiencies highlighted in the NPANM II. For example, Nestum Sarapan Berkhasiat (“Nutritious Breakfast”) is a wholegrain product that is also a source of vitamin A, folic acid, iron, iodine and zinc, the nutrients most commonly deficient among Malaysians. Other recently reformulated products include Milo UHT Less Sweet, a long-life milk with reduced sugar levels, and Maggi Tastylite noodles with lower fat and sodium content.
To support these improvements, a consumer marketing programme and several Nestlé publications were used to convey information on food labelling to the public, while a partnership with the National University of Malaysia will see a nationwide study of the nutritional status and eating habits of primary school children.
The Ministry of Health appreciates Nestlé’s efforts in supporting the NPANM II, and encourages further involvement.
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