Iodine Global Network (IGN)

01.05.2012   IDD Newsletter 2/2012

In this issue:
  • Senegal
  • Unicef SOWC
  • Iodized salt in processed foods
  • Classic IDD paper
  • USA
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Meetings and Announcements
  • Abstracts


Senegal struggles to control iodine deficiency

(Roland Kupka, Banda Ndiaye, Mamadou Guelaye Sall, Boubacar Camara )
With an estimated annual salt production of 450,000 tons, Senegal is West Africa’s largest salt producer. The country easily meets its domestic salt needs estimated at 45,000 tons and exports the remainder to Europe and other African countries. Of the domestic production, one large and one medium size producers account for an estimated 280,000 tons, primarily for export, while thousands of artisanal salt harvesters produce the remaining 170,000 tons. An estimated 80,000 tons ...

UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World

The latest global data from UNICEF show 71% of households surveyed are using adequately iodized salt, but coverage is only 61% in the least developed countries ...

Iodized salt in processed foods: how important is it?

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) recently published a major global review, contracted by The Micronutrient Initiative (MI), assessing the extent to which iodized salt is used in processed foods, as well as food processors’ level of knowledge on iodine nutrition. This article is a summary of that review. The full report can be found at: Ohlhorst SD, et al. Use of Iodized Salt in Processed Foods in Select Countries Around the World and the Role of Food Processors. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 233–284, March 2012 ...

India launches state-of-the-art system for monitoring salt iodization

(Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Geneva, Switzerland)
India was one of the first countries in Asia to implement salt iodization, with policies dating back to the early 1960s. While the country has made huge strides in increasing iodized salt production in recent years, progress has not always been steady. A lift on the ban of sale of non-iodized edible salt between 2000 and 2005 left iodized salt use suspended at 51 percent of households as per the National Family Health Survey 3 (1). The ban’s 2005 reinstatement -- combined with heightened consumer awareness, effective monitoring, and improvements in iodization practices and packaging -- helped to boost the use of iodized salt from 51 percent of households in 2005, to 71 percent by 2009 as per the UNICEF Coverage Evaluation Survey that year (2) ...

Iodine intakes in young U.S. women are borderline and pregnant women may be mildly deficient

A new report provides nationally representative data and trends of iodine intake in the U.S. population. The National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the U.S. Population is a series of publications that provide ongoing assessment of the U.S. population’s nutritional status by measuring blood or urine concentrations of diet-and-nutrition biochemical indicators. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Laboratory Sciences at the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH/DLS) conducted the laboratory analyses for the 2012 report ...

A Philippine salt producer embraces iodized salt as its corporate social responsibility

(Theresa S. Samaniego)
The Philippine government since the 1990s has pushed iodized salt as the simplest yet most potent solution to iodine deficiency, to the point of enacting a law mandating that all salt produced and sold in the market should be iodized ...

Cross-sector collaboration in Thailand pushes for USI

(Mark Thomas)
In May 2010, UNICEF was approached by Sansiri Plc., one of Thailand‘s largest real estate developers, about making a donation. When Sansiri‘s president, Srettha Thavisin, was told during the initial meeting that instead of funding, UNICEF would rather have Sansiri‘s support in promoting key policy changes for children, he was intrigued. And when Thavisin learned about the threat posed by iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) to the well being of children in Thailand, and the impact this would have on the country‘s future social and economic development, he committed himself and Sansiri to help address this issue ...

Classic Papers

Basil Hetzel's groundbreaking iodine study in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s now a 'classic'

The following article contains excerpts from the commentary paper: “Epidemiology, iodine deficiency and the
power of multidisciplinary sufficiency” by Anthony McMichael in the International Journal of Epidemiology (published online on May 13, 2012). It celebrated the recognition of the paper: “Neurological damage to the fetus resulting from severe iodine deficiency during pregnancy” published in the Lancet in 1971, as a 'classic' paper ...