Research and Development

R&D

There is a constant need to refine the nutritious products on offer to enable more effective, affordable and appealing products to be available to treat the various forms of malnutrition. VALID Nutrition is at the forefront of these developments, endeavouring to shape the market, encouraging more production in and competition from developing countries, while also developing alternative recipes of Ready-to-Use Foods (RUF).
As a RUF manufacturer and subsidiary of VALID Nutrition, the Malawi factory is proud to play a key role in VALID Nutrition’s R&D programme by producing the R&D trial products and assisting in the operational component of these trials.
VALID Nutrition is currently working with various partners, such as the World Food Programme, to develop improved nutritious products using more ingredients that are grown locally in Africa. We also want to unlock a consumer focused market for appealing affordable foods to prevent chronic malnutrition.

Severe acute malnutrition

Research is ongoing on two innovative Soya-Maize-Sorghum Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in children under five years old. These new recipes substitute much of the milk powder that forms the basis of the standard milk-peanut RUTF recipe with cheaper locally grown ingredients. These changes not only reduce product cost but also enable VALID Nutrition to procure more ingredients from local farmers, enhancing their income and fostering better agricultural practices in crop production, harvesting, and crop handling. VALID Nutrition is also involved in the manufacture of a chickpea sesame recipe RUTF that has been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of severe acute malnutrition
associated with HIV in adults.

Chronic malnutrition

VALID Nutrition is currently developing a new formulation of a Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF) for prevention of chronic malnutrition.

Quality Management

VALID Nutrition products follow a common manufacturing standard that is based upon the principles of ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management Systems. This requires all manufacturing sites to follow a documented set of procedures that define the quality and safety standards for each product and the conditions under which they are produced. A fundamental requirement of this approach is for the implementation of HACCP as the primary tool in food safety management.

The VALID Nutrition Malawi factory adheres to the relevant standards and guidelines issued by the Codex Alimentarius Commission of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Health Organisation which includes general codes of practice for food safety and hygiene as well as specific standards for raw materials and foods for infants and children.

VALID Nutrition branded ready-to-use food (RUF) is supplied to UN agencies, major international NGOs and local government ministries. Our factory is subjected to regular internal and external technical audits to ensure high standards are consistently achieved.

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