Salt shipments to
Region 8 watched
By NATION BUILDER
– Household salt being shipped to
Eastern Visayas region may not contain the required iodine content as
set by the Food and Drug Administration.
This was the focus of
concern in a meeting held on Sept. 2, 2010 by the Regional Bantay Asin
Task Force (BATF) that is composed of the BFAD, DOH, DILG, DepEd, PNP,
PPA, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) and media, and presided by
Teofreda Goyone of the Food and Drug Administration.
It was also attended
by Edward P. Otico of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
(GAIN), who flew in from Manila just for the meeting.
NNC Regional Director
Carina Z. Santiago disclosed that Region VIII has a very high
utilization of iodized salt in the household at 97.2%, based on the
2008 National Nutrition Survey (NNS). This means, she said, that
almost all the salt in the local markets and stores are iodized.
However based on the same survey it was learned that the iodine status
of children and pregnant/lactating women in the region are still below
optimum, she said.
This may be because of
low amount of iodine in household salt, which is 7.9ppm as against the
target of 15ppm. It may be the salt being shipped to the region is
below the 20ppm (highest of 70ppm).
The City Health Office
here in partnership with the BATF has identified several activities to
respond to these findings. Among them is a friendly visit to salt
traders here on September 22, and a meeting with them to solicit
their cooperation in improving quality of iodized salt coming to the
region on September 29; and the conduct of a monthly
monitoring/inspection of salt warehouses using the WYD Checker.
It was learned that
most salt in the region comes from Mindoro, at a volume of around 18
to 20 tons per shipment, in every two months.