• NNC urges traders to comply with law

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    TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The National Nutrition Council (NNC) here has established “Bantay Asin” checkpoints in Cagayan Valley and Nueva Vizcaya provinces as it urged all salt traders to comply with the salt iodization law for the protection against malnutrition.

    Rhodora Maestre, NNC program coordinator, said the checkpoints were set in Santa Fe town, Nueva Vizcaya in the south and Santa Praxedes town, Cagayan in the north to check whether salt traders are following the mandatory salt iodization in their products.

    Maestre said violators will face the sanctions provided under Republic Act (RA) 8172 or the Act for Salt Iodization Nationwide (ASIN), which requires manufacturers and distributors to idolize their salt products.

    “We have established the Bantay Asin checkpoints to monitor that all salts shipped in the region are adequately iodized, and to ensure the sustainability of the salt iodization program of the government,” Maestre said.

    Maestre said iodine deficiency persists as the leading cause of preventable brain damage and reduced intellectual capacity in the world.

    “The most effective method for the elimination of iodine deficiency is the consumption of adequately iodized salt. Ensuring that a population receives adequately iodized salt demands careful monitoring of the salt iodine content,” she said.

    Meanwhile, NNC officials said that in their latest salt inspection, 18 shippers have complied with the salt iodization program while 15 shippers failed to comply with the requirement of ASIN law who were sent back to their places of origin.

    NNC monitoring records show that most of the salt traders were from the provinces of Pangasinan and Bulacan.

    The NCC is urging local governments to provide mechanisms to ensure enforcement of the ASIN law through ordinances and public infor-mation campaigns.

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