Iron rich salt to fight malnutrition

With high prevalence of anaemia in the country, the government has decided to promote iron fortified iodised salt as a measure to deal with malnutrition.

The decision was taken at a meeting held in the Prime Minister`s Office on promoting consumption of iron fortified iodised salt.

The meeting attended by various ministries called for the urgent measures to tackle anaemia in India`s population, particularly among adolescent girls, women and children.

Anaemia is caused by inadequate intake and poor absorption of iron. It can be prevented and cured by promoting consumption of iron rich foods and iron supplements.

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, has developed technologies for the double fortification of salt with iodine and iron.