National Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme
The national Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme is implemented in the State from 1991 and the state IDD Cell started functioning from 1.7.1994 onwards.
To promote consumption of iodised salt through various activities
Notification of Govt
A notification under the prevention of Food Adulteration Act has been issued banning the sale of Non-iodised salt for edible purpose. The Government have issued orders for sale of iodised salt through fair price shops by both Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies and Co-operatives in public distribution system in pouches in all districts.
Spot testing of the Salt samples for the retailers and spot testing of the kitchen salt
samples are being done to assess the presence of iodine and know the availability
and use of iodised Salt. During 2009-10 (Upto Oct ) 78,153 salt samples were tested
from shops. In that 8.2% samples are of nil iodine content, 28.6 % is less than
15ppm and 63.2% is more than 15ppm. Now statutory salt samples are lifted and
tested to know the iodine content in salt.