RBATF-10 conducts iodized salt monitoring in Ozamiz

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 24 (PIA)--To ensure that the salt used in every household in the city is appropriately iodized, the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF)-10 led by the National Nutrition Council (NNC)-10 conducted an unannounced monitoring in selected sari-sari stores in Public Mall and establishments in Ozamiz City, March 23.

The monitoring activity also aims to ensure that stores follow the standard iodization of 30-70 ppm before selling it to the market.

Out of the 11 stores visited during the salt monitoring and testing, only one store (Irish store with 43 percent ppm) passed the standard set by the Department of Health (DOH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Based on the results of the WYD iodine checker, the majority of the samples tested have very low iodine content and such are lower than the median iodine content of iodized salt at 15ppm required at household level. 

NNC-10 checked the iodized salt of Anselmo Leonora Store and it has only reached 22.5 percent, ERM Store (22.3 percent); Sally Store (21.8 percent); RS Store (21.1 percent); Rosita Store (19 percent); Noning Sari-Sari Store (20.9 percent); Tona- Perez Samuel Sari-Sari Store (19.7 percent); Bryant Milling (18.4 percent); Misamis Unimart (19.5 percent); and Ria Thrifty Mart (18.3 percent)/

Given these results, the RBATF-10 targets to intensify its advocacy campaign with the local government units, salt traders, program implementers and other stakeholders to strengthen the implementation of the Salt Iodization Program and enforcement of the RA 8172 or the Republic Act Promoting the Salt Iodization.

Iodine is an essential micro nutrient for the body's growth and metabolism and for the development of the central nervous system during fetal development and deficiency of the micro nutrient may result to abortion and stillbirth among pregnant women, retarded mental and physical growth and development in children, said NNC-10 Officer Arlie Joy Damile.

Damiles also urged the public to be aggressive with regard to advocacy and implementation of the Salt Iodization Program in the region. 

“Engaging LGUs is one way of ensuring the availability of iodized salt in the market with continuous monitoring to strengthen and retain strong implementation of the program,” she said.

Damiles added that the iodine-fortified food items such as iodized salt are the cheapest and most accessible source of iodine for the public. She said proper storage and handling of iodized salt are also needed to maintain its adequacy.

Damiles also advised to reorganize the City Bantay Asin Task Force to strengthen monitoring of salt in Ozamiz.

The Regional Bantay Asin Task Force serves as a key player in improving the iodine status in the region through improved supply and adequate use of iodized salt. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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