- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2011

GENEVA (AP) - The aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres says most food donations to combat malnutrition among children lack vital ingredients and should be replaced with better-suited products.

The group, also known as Doctors without Borders, says commonly used corn-soy blends of flour such as those provided by the U.S. to poor countries are “sub-standard.”

The group urged the World Health Organization on Thursday to release revised guidance on food aid that was first debated at a meeting three years ago.

WHO said it wasn’t immediately able to comment on the issue.

The head of Doctors without Borders’ malnutrition campaign, Stephane Doyon, says improved blends of corn-soy flour or products made from peanut paste would better meet the needs particularly of children under 2.

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