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Malaysians are being placed under an iodized salt diet to tackle a nationwide micronutrient deficiency.
Starting September 30, 2020, Malaysia’s supply of edible salts will be mixed with iodine. According to the Health Ministry (MOH), iodine must be added to salt or fine salt – the ones we regularly use for cooking – weighing 20kgs or less, before it can be sold to consumers.
Why so-dium salty?
This comprehensive dietary change was made following amendments to the national Food Regulations 1985 in 2018 after it was found that Malaysians are suffering from iodine deficiency.
Studies revealed that around 48% of Malaysian children between 8 and 10-years-old lacked iodine in their diets.
Iodine deficiency, as the name suggests, comes from the lack of iodine –