Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is home fortification?
  • What is the Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group?
  • What services does the HF-TAG provide?
  • What is the purpose of the HF-TAG?
  • What is SickKids Centre for Global Child Health's role in the group?

Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements

Micronutrient powders (MNP)

  • What are Micronutrient Powders (MNPs)?
  • Why were MNP developed?
  • Where are MNPs used?
  • Who should use MNPs?
  • What is the benefit/advantage of using MNPs?
  • Which key messages are given to caregivers when they receive MNP for the first time?
  • Who should not use MNPs?
  • Are MNPs safe?
  • Can MNPs lead to diarrhea or other side effects?
  • Do MNP programs currently monitor side effects?
  • Can MNP be used to treat vitamin D deficiency rickets?
  • Can MNP be used to treat anemia or is it only used to prevent anemia?
  • Should a person with thalassemia trait avoid iron supplements, such as iron-fortified vitamins or MNP?
  • Can MNP be used in infants younger than 6 months of age, older children, adolescents or other individuals?
  • When should MNP use begin and how long should MNP be used?
  • Can MNP be used with fluids like milk or juice?
  • Can MNP be used in emergency rations?
  • Can MNP be used by Muslims and Jews who follow traditional food practices?
  • Why does stool consistency (loose stools or constipation) and colour change in young children when they start taking MNP?
  • Isn't MNP not supposed to change the taste and colour of food? Why does this happen?
  • Can MNP be provided to non-anemic young children without producing any toxicity?
  • Is vitamin A toxicity of concern for children, who receive both MNP and high dose vitamin A capsules?
  • What are the implications of the Pakistan study on MNP programming?
  • Who owns the intellectual rights to Sprinkles®?