8 December 2013

Eritrea: Call Made to Private Salt Producers in Massawa to Produce Iodized Salt

Massawa — At a meeting conducted by the Eritrean Standard Institution with salt producers in Massawa a call was made that they produce iodized salt.

According to the report the Institution presented, the Government had issued a proclamation in 1996 that all salt producers should produce iodized salt and have been provided with professional and material assistance, and that to the contrary some are producing non-iodized salt and that they stop practicing it.

The participants on their part explained that they have professional and material shortcomings to fulfill the criteria of the Eritrean Standard Institution, and that only through alleviating the mentioned problems that they could produce standardized salt.

Likewise, a seminar with regards to the importance and necessity of iodized salt was provided for 150 public representatives from different areas in the region.

At the seminar, Mr. Fesihaie Gebrezgiabhier, from the Health Ministry's branch in the region, explained the importance of iodized salt to our health, and that extensive awareness raising programs would be conducted so that the public would frequent iodized salt in their diet.

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