Staff Reporter

Krishnagiri: The rampant sale of non-iodised salt under different brand names in Krishnagiri district has become a cause for concern. Despite the Government banning the sale of non-iodised salt many traders in Krishnagiri district continue to sell non-iodised salt. A random survey conducted by UNICEF in Shoolagiri and Veppanapalli blocks revealed that a majority of the traders were selling non-iodised salt only, posing serious threat to the health of residents in the district.

Goitre is the most visible manifestation of iodine deficiency. The deficiency of iodine affects the growth of the child in the mothers’ womb, which leads to abortion and causes cretinism. In children brain development is also affected which ultimately reflects on the IQ, the survey reports says.

UNICEF has planned to conduct an intensive salt testing drive in wholesale and retail salt outlets in the district and ask the people to demand for the supply of iodized salt for edible purposes in order to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders. As part of the salt testing campaign each trader would be given an iodised salt testing kit to check the salt before unloading from lorries proceeding from Tuticorin.

A senior official told The Hindu that he had received complaints from people that non-iodised salt was being sold by some dealers in the district under the banner of iodised salt. This is a punishable offence under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954, which carries a fine of Rs.1, 000 with imprisonment from 6 months to 3 years. Surprise checks would be conducted by the District Administration to check the sale of non-iodised salt in the district he added.