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Ilocos Norte improves adherence to the regulation requiring iodized salt

To combat iodine-deficient illnesses, the Ilocos Norte government is pressing local salt producers to adhere to the national salt iodization program. This is done through the provincial nutrition office (IDD).

Elma Irapta, a provincial nutritionist, stated on Tuesday that Republic Act 8172, also known as the “Act on Salt Iodization Nationwide,” was not properly followed by some salt producers in the province, particularly in Pasuquin town (ASIN).

Irapta stated that they had applied for funds to purchase an iodine testing device in order to frequently check to see if the required iodine content is being correctly observed in the products being supplied to consumers.

In a phone interview, she stated that “the most recent survey by the Bureau of Foods and Drugs Administration found that the iodine content is deficient in salt products provided to local consumers.”

According to reports, the salt products only had an iodine value of 0.5 ppm, which is less than the recommended iodine content of 30 ppm or more.

Irapta claims that increased salt testing and monitoring efforts in sample homes, markets, sari-sari shops, and grocery stores will ensure consumers’ nutritional well-being, notably that of children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers.

For instance, numerous salt producers in the region of Pasuquin, where salt is produced, acknowledged to clients that they did not add iodine to their salt goods.

One salt producer from Davila village who asked to remain anonymous said, “We don’t mix iodine since certain of our faithful customers, particularly those who are manufacturing bagoong (fish sauce), call for it.”

Nutritionists claim that because salt is the most basic, affordable, and effective substance that people use and consume every day, the effectiveness of the salt iodization program resides in the iodine mixed with the salt.

Iodized salt should be used sparingly during cooking in order to enhance its effectiveness because cooking depletes food’s iodine content because it is easily evaporative.

Iodized salt should ideally be stored away from the heat in a dark, opaque container in order to prevent the iodine from dissolving.

Children’s stunted growth and mental impairment, miscarriages or the birth of babies with abnormalities in pregnant mothers, deaf mutism, and goiter have all been linked to iodine shortage in studies.

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