Watson Donates Vitamins to Help Prevent Nutritional Deficiencies in the Dominican Republic

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Watson Inc. has donated 360,000 nutritional supplement tablets, which were formulated and produced in their West Haven, Connecticut facilities.

Photo Credit Matt Fitzpatrick - From L to R Jim Watson, Nickie DiViesta, Gary Wada, Don Kimball, Blake Powers, Brandon Armstrong, Moira Watson

Many employees at Watson were involved in the project, starting from the formulation of the vitamin/mineral composition, to the selection of a flavor.

Watson Inc. has donated 360,000 nutritional supplement tablets, which were formulated and produced in their West Haven, Connecticut facilities. The formula was developed in the Watson R & D laboratories to address the nutritional needs of both children and adults. The tablets will be distributed in the Dominican Republic by Trinity Cares International (TCI).

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) website provides an overview of the state of nutrition in the Domain Republic. This profile can be accessed here. According to FAO profile “Among school age children (in the Dominican Republic), 19% suffer from stunting at national level”. The profile also states “Micronutrient deficiencies, mainly iodine, vitamin A, and iron, are public health problems in Dominican Republic. It is estimated that 5% of school-age children at national level have goiter. The prevalence of low serum retinol (<20 µg/dL) affects 23% of children aged 1-5 years, indicating that vitamin A deficiency is a public health problem among Dominicans. The prevalence of anemia (defined as low hemoglobin) affects 31% of children aged 1 to 14 years.”

Many employees at Watson were involved in the project, starting from the formulation of the vitamin/mineral composition, to the selection of a flavor. The flavoring was necessary because Watson wanted to provide a chewable vitamin, which would make it easier for people to take even if water isn’t readily available. Once the formula was developed and approved, each nutrient was scaled and weighed out according the formula, and mixed to produce a blend. Granulation was used to improve the tableting characteristics for the formula. The tablets were made on one of Watson’s small scale lab presses, taking three days to complete. The Purchasing Department at Watson selected jars, lids, safety seal, desiccants, and cotton for the bottles. The Marketing Department designed and printed the labels.

In addition, Watson employees plan to participate by packing the vitamins for the Dominican Republic, in conjunction with TCI. A total of 6,000 jars of vitamins will be produced. Each jar will contain 60 tablets, which represents a one-month supply for an adult, or a two-month supply for a child.
About Trinity Cares International

Trinity Cares International (TCI) is a partnership mission with Mount Zion Church in Consuelo, Dominican Republic. TCI is a mission and ministry of Trinity Church in Woodbridge, CT. You can learn more at http://www.trinityefc.com/
About Watson:

Watson is one of the highest quality suppliers of products and services geared towards enhancing human health and nutrition around the world. We are a leader in developing quality products and innovative ingredient systems for the food and supplement industries. Expertise in custom nutrient premixes, microencapsulation, agglomeration, micronizing, spray drying, and film technology allow us to develop unique formulations and products using Watson manufactured value-added ingredients. For more information on Watson see http://www.watson-inc.com.

Contacts:
Watson Inc.
Moira Watson, V.P. Marketing & Communications
moira.watson@watson-inc.com
800-388-3481

Company info:
Watson Foods Co., Inc. DBA Watson Inc.

  •     Corporate headquarters: 301 Heffernan Drive, West Haven CT 06516
  •     CEO: James T. Watson
  •     Website: http://www.watson-inc.com
  •     Employees: 280

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