Iodine Global Network (IGN)

01.02.2012   IDD Newsletter 1/2012

In this issue:
  • Global update
  • Iodine scorecard
  • Venezuela
  • Egypt
  • Benin
  • UAE
  • China
  • Meetings and Announcements
  • Abstracts


Global update

(Maria Andersson, Michael Zimmermann)
Global iodine nutrition: a remarkable leap forward in the past decade.

Global Iodine Nutrition Scorecard

The data in the updated global scorecard is taken from UNICEF report ‘The State of the World‘s Children 2012’ published February 28, 2012 and the recently published ICCIDD update of the global prevalence of iodine nutrition (Andersson et al. J Nutr Epub Feb 29, 2012).

The Venezuelan iodized salt program provides just the right amount of iodine for both children and pregnant women in Trujillo state

(L. Caballero)
Historically, IDD was a severe public health problem in the mountains of Venezuela, as it was throughout the Andean Region. Venezuela has a centralized IDD Control Program that focuses on salt iodization, and includes activities of investigation and monitoring, control and vigilance, as well as communication and education.

Kraft Foods to use iodized salt in processed foods in Egypt

Kraft Foods in Egypt has decided to use iodized salt in processed foods. The decision should improve iodine intake for millions of Egyptians. Insufficient iodine in diets causes irreversible mental and physical impairment. Iodized salt is the main way people consume their daily iodine, and many people get most of their salt from processed foods. A food company that chooses iodized salt over non-iodized salt is socially-responsible and contributes to the nutrition of consumers ...

Benin closes in on USI

(Théophile Ntambwe, Louis Koudjrohede, Anne-Sophie Le Dain, Roland Kupka)
The Republic of Benin is a narrow, north-south strip of land in West Africa, bordered by Togo to the west, Burkina Faso and Niger to the north, and Nigeria to the east. The majority of the population of approximately 9 million lives on its small coastline on the Bight of Benin. IDD were historically endemic in the Republic of Benin. In 1994, the baseline survey on IDD reported a total goiter rate of 19% at national level and a median urinary iodine concentration (UIC) of 40ug/L, indicating clear iodine deficiency. In the same year, the government made the iodization of salt for human and animal consumption mandatory at 60-100 parts per million (ppm) of iodine at production, 50-60 ppm at importation, and 30-50 ppm at the market level ...

New popular song promotes iodized salt in Senegal

(Isabel Pike)
DAKAR - Senegalese artist Ismael Lo is writing a song for World Food Program (WFP) Senegal on the importance of consuming iodized salt as part of a monthlong campaign to combat iodine deficiency in the country. “Despite the best efforts of WFP and its partners, only 36% of households are consuming adequately iodized salt in Senegal,” said WFP Senegal Program Officer Isabelle Dia ...

The United Arab Emirates lead the way in the fight against IDD in the Gulf States

(Emirates New Agency (WAM))
Experts from ICCIDD emphasized that the UAE has achieved excellent results over the previous decade and is now qualified to apply for a declaration that the country is free of IDD. This was announced during a seminar organized by the health policies sector in the Ministry under the patronage of Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and acting Minister of Health ...

Iodine excess or not in China?

(Sumei Li, Qingsi Zheng, Jing Xu, Jonathan Gorstein, Haiyan Wang, Huijie Dong)
Analysis on the necessity of reducing the iodine content in edible salt based on the national monitoring results.
Since 1995, China has implemented a policy of USI in which it has been mandatory for all edible salt in the country to be iodized according to national standards, and the coverage of iodized salt throughout the country has been closely monitored by a comprehensive monitoring system ...