76.3 pc of Indian households consume adequately iodised salt: Survey

NEW DELHI: Three out of every four Indian households consume adequately iodised salt, necessary for optimal mental and physical development, reflecting the progress made by the country in this regard, a recent survey showed.

The India Iodine Survey 2018-19 was conducted by Nutrition International, a global nutrition organisation, in collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi, Association for Indian Coalition for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) and Kantar.

It covered all 29 states and seven Union Territories of the country, and included a total of 21,406 households.

According to WHO guidelines, a daily iodine intake of 150 microgram is required to prevent iodine deficiency disorders and this can be achieved by using adequately iodised salt, i.e. salt containing a minimum of 15 parts per million (ppm) of iodine. (AGENCIES)