Cognito® Micronutrient Powder earns MANCAP certification from SON for fighting infant malnutrition

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Confirmation of the quality of Cognito® Micronutrient Powder has come from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) with the award of the Mandatory Conformity Assessment (MANCAP) certification to the Cognito® brand.

Micronutrient Laboratories Limited formulates, designs and markets Cognito® micronutrient powder for use in enriching and enhancing the nutritional value of food as a tool to fight diseases caused by micronutrient deficiencies, especially in children under five years.


SON granted the MANCAP certification after a thorough factory inspection and laboratory analysis of product samples passed the NIS standards NIS 1059:2019 for micronutrient powders.
Tersoo. I. Orngudwen, Director of Product Certification Department, signed for SON Director General the notice conveying the approval to Dr Kenny Acholonu, the Chief Innovation Officer of Micronutrient Laboratories Limited.
Cognito® MNP is a product of Micronutrient Laboratories Ltd. and it is designed to prevent malnutrition and also maintain the nutritional status of infants and young children in Nigeria.
Cognito® MNP is a well-formulated single-serve blend of 15 essential micronutrients (10 vitamins and five minerals). It is a free-flowing powder that is conveniently packed in 1gram affordable sachets to improve the nutritional content of most staple foods.
Users add Cognito to any semi-solid foods and porridges after cooking and at a temperature conducive to feeding the child. A sachet of Cognito® MNP is sufficient to provide 100% recommended nutrient intake (RNI) for infants and young children within the age range of six months to 59 months.
NAFDAC-registered Cognito® MNP was launched in June 2020 and has gained prominence as it witnessed rapid growth on the back of acceptance by institutional buyers, including the Federal Ministry of Health and other MDAs at federal and state government levels as well as other notable health and nutrition-focused organisations, including the World Bank.
Most complementary staples for children six months to 59 months (6 months to 5 years) have little to no nutritional value and do not provide adequate micronutrients to meet their recommended nutrient intake (RNI). Users add Cognito® MNP to complementary food for children after the first 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding. The enriching and enhancement of food at home using micronutrient powder is one of the intervention strategies adopted by the Federal government in the fight against micronutrient deficiencies.

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UNICEF states that Nigeria has the second-highest burden of stunted children globally, with a national prevalence rate of 32 per cent of children under five. An estimated two million children in Nigeria suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), but the country reaches only two out of every ten children affected with treatment.


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