Guidelines for Salt Manufacturers, Importers, Wholesalers, Repackers and Distributors to Ensure Adequate Iodization of Iodized Salt, and for Other Purposes

Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) is a serious public health threat that leads to serious mental development disorders in young children, from cretinism to more subtle degrees of impaired cognitive development. Its serious consequences results to poor school performance and reduced work capacity in several millions of children.

A National  Nutrition Survey (NNS) on goiter incidence rate indicated IDD as a major public health problem in the Philippines. The percentage of households consuming iodized salt was estimated to be between 15-25% for the years 1993-2002. But the estimate rose to 56% in 2003 as shown by the results of the 6th NNS that was conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST). The significant increase in the number of household using iodized sale was mainly attributed to the DOH "Patak sa Asin" Program.

 

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