Five more firms have decided to produce the enhanced nutribun (e-nutribun), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said.
“Patuloy ang pagta-transfer ng technology para sa enhanced nutribun (The technology transfer for the production of enhanced nutribun continues),” said DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña during his weekly online afternoon briefing held Friday, Nov. 13.
“Meron na namang limang bagong kompanya ang nagpa-technology transfer para sa e-nutribun at meron silang apat na bibisitahin ngayong week na ito (There are five new companies who are seeking the technology transfer for production of the e-nutribun and four of these will be visited this week),” the secretary said.
Dela Peña noted that one of these firms which supply products in Region 1 and 3 wanted to make an initial production of around 4 million enhanced nutribun.
The DOST’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) is offering the technology to produce enhanced nutribun for free to entrepreneurs as long as they are technically capable to produce it commercially.
Based on the 2018 Expanded National Nutrition Survey, the six to nine years old have 63.1 percent Vitamin A inadequacy, while the 10 to 12 years old have 76.1 percent vitamin inadequacy.
The enhanced nutribun, which was also initially developed for the undernourished children like the nutribun from the ‘70s, is made from squash that is rich in vitamin A, a nutrient that’s lacking in the regular meal of Filipino children.
Aside from Vitamin A, the enhanced nutribun has more micronutrients like iron.
Each serving has 504 calories, 17.8 grams protein, 6.08 milligrams iron, and 244 micrograms Vitamin A.
The texture is softer and weighs 160 to 165 grams per piece, which makes it easier for children to hold and bite.
DOST-FNRI said that the enhanced nutribun is not only good for young children but also for the other population groups, particularly pregnant and lactating women and senior citizens