With the aim to lessen the deficiencies of iron and iodine among the children, the Tripura government and TATA Trusts today jointly launched fortified salt in the mid-day-meal in the state.
State Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty launched an awareness campaign at Umakanta English Medium School here.
The double fortification of salt with both iodine and iron is an attractive approach to the reduction of both anaemia and iodine-deficiency disorders.
The main aim of launching the upgraded product of salt is to battle anaemia which is one of the major causes of malnutrition, particularly among women and children.
He said, "Understanding the importance of double fortified salt, the Tripura government has decided to launch it, which will fight against the deficiencies of Iron and Iodine."
"From now on the Midday Meal Programme here in the state will make use of iron fortified iodized salt (double fortified salt)," he said.
Prevalence of anaemia in majority of India's population, particularly among adolescent girls, women and children, is a major public health challenge and it should be tackled urgently, expressed the experts.
Iodine is unstable under the storage condition found during manufacturing, distribution and sale of salt in most developing countries.
The effects of packaging materials and environmental conditions on the stability of salt double-fortified with iron and iodine are investigated, they said.UNI BB AD1114
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