Salt Scam

Failure to meet requirements mandating the iodization of salt products in Cambodia has led to the reemergence of iodine deficiency as a public health problem. Now, the government is taking steps to develop new certification and testing policies.

According to a UNICEF study published last year, 90% of coarse salt and 40-50% of fine salt sold in Cambodia is not iodized, though it was labeled iodine-fortified. The mineral is vital to normal brain development and hormonal functioning.

A decade-long government effort to promote salt iodization had reduced once-common health problems, like goiters. But skyrocketing iodine prices after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster Japan led salt producers to eliminate or cut back on the additive.

Source: VOA News

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