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Execs ramp up salt iodization program in Central Luzon

May 19, 2022 @ 10:20
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The National Nutrition Council in Region 3 is taking steps to boost the national salt iodization program to control iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) in Central Luzon.

According to Nutrition Officer III Angelita Pasos, the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force intensifies its activities to ensure that Republic Act 8172 or the Act on Salt Iodization Nationwide (ASIN) Law is being implemented and followed.

“We want the salt here in the region to be iodized so that it will become more nutritious. This is to secure the nutritional well-being of the people, especially young children, and pregnant and lactating women,” she said.

The 2013 8th National Nutrition Survey Results on IDD revealed that only about 25.7 percent of households are using adequate iodized salt, with Central Luzon having a lower percentage of iodine utilization and consumption.

Pasos said the agency was also conducting salt testing and monitoring activities in sample households, markets, sari-sari stores, and groceries with the use of an iodine checker machine, as part of the task force’s role of regulating and monitoring iodized salt in the region.

“Salt entering Central Luzon is currently not tested for iodine content which leads to unhampered entry of untested salt in the region,” she said.

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