The most efficient way of preventing and treating iron deficiency anemia is through the fortification of food products with a form of iron that is readily absorbed by the body. AkzoNobel’s Ferric Sodium EDTA, Ferrazone®, has been demonstrated to be both safe and effective in reducing iron deficiency, even in inhibitory diets lacking bioavailable iron.

Ferrazone, Ferric Sodium EDTA, an iron compound developed by AkzoNobel is continuing to gain widespread recognition for 

its effectiveness in helping to combat iron deficiency.

Iron deficiency is the most widespread nutrition-related health problem in the world. As health experts call for a global effort
to tackle the problem through the fortification of staple foods, AkzoNobel is providing a vital ingredient in the formula with
its unique iron compound Ferrazone.

Ferrazone proves to be much more effective than conventional forms of iron, many of which cannot be absorbed by the body.
Ferrazone is a highly effective iron source in food fortification (Link to: Chelates.akzonobel.com/applications/iron-food-fortification) to combat iron deficiency anemia. Ferric Sodium EDTA is recommended by the World Health Organization as the preferred iron fortificant for wheat and maize flour. Furthermore Ferrazone can be used in drinks without development of any metallic taste and has been accepted for food use in nearly all countries worldwide.

The main advantages of Ferrazone® in food fortification are:

  • Completely water soluble
  • No metallic taste
  • No teeth staining
  • No digestive side effects
  • Virtually inert to almost all other food ingredients
  • High bioavailability: up to 2 to 4 times higher than other regular used iron sources

Food Applications

Ferrazone can be used in many food products, but it is primarily used to fortify foods that are stored in dry form such as powdered beverages, candy bars and flour. Examples of flour-derived products are bread, biscuits and instant noodles. Colored drinks and condiments, such as cola or soy sauce, and functional foods like fortified cereals or sport drinks are also good targets for iron fortification.

Ferrazone can also be used in iron-containing food supplements under various forms (like syrups, sprays, tablets and powder sachets).

There are three grades available:

Grade

Applications
Ferrazone® Food, beverages & supplements
Ferrazone® XF Wheat & maize flour
Ferrazone® BP Pharmaceuticals

AkzoNobel’s bioavailable iron Ferrazone® is produced at its Chelates plant in Herkenbosch, The Netherlands. Ferrazone® is produced under HACCP and FSSC 22000. These certifications ensure a product of the highest quality, meeting stringent food safety requirements.