EUthyroid held a meeting on 28th April in Brussels with a view to promote iodine deficiency prevention programmes in Europe. One of the main ways to implement prevention strategies is to fortify foods (e.g. salt) with iodine.
While the EU-funded project aims to map the levels of iodine intake and deficiency across the continent, it is also set to create momentum for more harmonised public health policies.
A recent series of research - from 2010 up to October 2013 - increasingly cast doubt on the way sodium reduction policies are carried out, as well as the WHO recommendation for the daily consumption of sodium, i.e. 2 000 g of sodium / 5 g of salt per day. Indeed, the body of literature questioning the appropriateness of public policies aiming at drastic sodium reduction in the population has swollen further.
Recent research pointed to the following conclusions: