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Health News of Sunday, 31 March 2013

Source: myjoyonline

FDA to clamp down on the sale of non-iodated salt

The Food and Drugs Authority says it would soon embark on a mission to clamp down on the sale of non-iodated salt in the country.

This comes after a UNICEF report revealed that Ghanaian mothers are losing their babies because of non-use of iodated salt during pregnancy.

The Food and Drugs Authority says its research points to a decline in the use of iodated salt in the country.

The Head of Food Inspectorate Division at the authority, Kofi Essel, blames this on false information being peddled by some health experts and warns against the practice.

He said the Authority would revive public education on the need for people to use iodated salt.

“Recent findings have shown that our consumption pattern seems to be going down and therefore there is the need for us to revive this public education again on the use of iodated salt.”

He noted that several factors could be attributed to the low consumption rate.

Mr Essel cited for instance, the negative propaganda being waged by some individuals who go about telling people that the use of iodated salt is not proper, and have succeeded in confusing the public to believe that it would amount to “chemicalisation of their food”.