Iodine Global Network (IGN)

United Kingdom

MUIC* (µg/L): 166 (2015-16) National, SAC (4-10 years)
* MUIC, median urinary iodine concentration
SAC: school-age children / WRA: women of reproductive age / PW: pregnant women / NPNLW: Non-Pregnant Non-Lactating Women


28. November 2019

Push to increase the supply and availability of iodized salt in the UK

A joint initiative of British Salt, British Thyroid Foundation, UK Iodine Group and the Iodine Global Network.

28. May 2018

Adding iodine to salt could help children reach full academic potential

Experts want iodine to be added to salt after research showed that a lack of the mineral in pregnant women stops half of all children reaching their full academic potential. Iodine is an essential...

28. March 2018

New survey finds teenage girls in Northern Ireland have adequate amounts of iodine in their bodies

A new survey of 14-15 year old girls in Northern Ireland has found they have adequate amounts of iodine in their bodies based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is the finding...

04. October 2017

UK: Most milk substitutes are low in iodine

Milk and dairy products are the main source of iodine in many diets, and an important iodine source in many countries. However, the latest research from Dr. Sarah Bath (University of Surrey) found that ...

10. November 2016

Northern Ireland: Pregnant women may be iodine deficient

by Amber Cox, originally published on the Healio website on November 9, 2016 Iodine deficiency in pregnant women from Northern Ireland is common, but offspring have adequate iodine levels, according to...

08. November 2016

UK: Lack of iodine during pregnancy linked to lower IQ in babies

Originally published in the Irish News on November 8, 2016 Pregnant women are being encouraged to include iodine-rich foods such as dairy, fish, eggs and cranberries in their diet to avoid compromising...

29. April 2016

Iodine deficiency in the UK: grabbing the low-hanging fruit

In this era of global obesity and diabetes epidemics, simple solutions to public health problems seem almostinconceivable. And if such an easily solved issue were to arise, it might be expected that...

17. February 2016

UK: Organic dairy makes advancements in iodine levels

Following a two-year project to raise iodine levels, OMSCo (the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative) announces today that the organic dairy industry has been successful in maintaining iodine levels in...

07. December 2015

UK: why are pregnant mothers at risk of iodine deficiency?

Every mother knows how important nutrition is in pregnancy; specifically taking folic acid and vitamin-D supplements to ensure their growing baby gets the best start. Yet few have given much thought to...

10. August 2015

UK: Pregnancy iodine pills 'good for babies and economy'

Recommending iodine supplements to all pregnant women could save the NHS money, say researchers. A study in The Lancet concluded that if all pregnant women took a daily dose, it could boost children's...

28. May 2015

Pregnant women in UK lack guidance on iodine intake levels

Pregnant women are not getting enough information about the need to include iodine in their diets, despite high awareness of general advice for pregnancy nutrition. While 96% of pregnant women surveyed by...

27. May 2015

Overactive thyroid: causes, symptoms and treatments

Thyroid disorders affect one in twenty people in the UK. Despite them being so common, there are still many who are unaware of what actually causes them and, most importantly, what the symptoms are. So, ...

06. May 2015

UK iodine experts weigh in on the media debate about iodine and salt

Sir, We endorse strongly the initiative to reduce the daily salt consumption in this country to the level proposed by experts (report, Apr 28, letter Apr 30). This would not preclude adding iodine to salt...

28. April 2015

UK: organic milk has about a third less iodine than conventional milk

A paper published in the journal Food Chemistry has analysed the levels of iodine in British supermarket milk, reporting lower levels in milk labelled as organic compared with conventional milk. The...

11. January 2015

Variable weather may lead to iodine deficiency in livestock

Livestock farmers need to be more aware of increasing variations in the trace element status of land if they are to make the most of the narrow margins now predominant in sheep and beef enterprises,...


Iodine deficiency in pregnant women living in the South-East of the UK: the influence of diet and nutritional supplements on iodine status (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Sarah C. Bath, Alan Walter, Andrew Taylor, John Wright, and Margaret P. Rayman
Br J Nutr 2014 May, 111(9): 1622–1631
SACN statement on iodine and health (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
February 2014
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), following the publication of a paper in the Lancet in June 2011 by Vanderpump et al., who suggested that “the UK was iodine deficient”, asked for an overview of the current evidence that some degree of iodine deficiency might affect some groups within the UK population.
Thyroid and iodine nutritional status: a UK perspective (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Mark Vanderpump
Clinical Medicine 2014, 14(6): s7–s11
Effect of inadequate iodine status in UK pregnant women on cognitive outcomes in their children: results from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Sarah C Bath, Colin D Steer, Jean Golding, Pauline Emmett, and Margaret P Rayman
Lancet 2013, 382(9889): 331-7
Iodine - Food Fact Sheet from the British Dietetic Association (BDA) (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
This Food Fact Sheet will tell you more about iodine, its food sources and how much you need.
Iodine Deficiency in the UK – Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Dr Alison Tedstone, UK Department of Health, 2013
Iodine concentration of organic and conventional milk: implications for iodine intake (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Sarah C. Bath, Suzanne Button and Margaret P. Rayman
British Journal of Nutrition 2011
Iodine status of UK schoolgirls: a cross-sectional survey (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Mark P J Vanderpump, John H Lazarus, Peter P Smyth, Peter Laurberg, Roger L Holder, Kristien Boelaert, Jayne A Franklyn
Lancet 2011; 377: 2007–12


Regional Coordinator

Rodrigo Moreno-Reyes
Bruxelles, Belgium