How do you feel about this? I'm not sure what the regulations are in other parts of the world but adding iodised salt to a dietary staple such as bread doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Who knows how many undiagnosed thyroid problems are out there that would be affected. Do you think the agency should be able to make that mandatory or is it a step too far?

Your daily bread, now with iodine

(Published Nov 6 2008)

Alarmed by the dangerously low levels of iodine in our population, our food regulators have decided iodine must be added to bread. But will it be enough?

Next time you're in the supermarket, you might find loaves of bread carrying the label 'fortified with iodine'.

To boost our abnormally low iodine intake Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) the country's food regulator is making bread manufacturers use iodised salt in the manufacturing process.

While food manufactures have until September 2009 to make sure iodine is being added to their products, some have are already started to do so.

It's needed because at the moment a little less than half the population doesn't get enough iodine.

FSANZ's latest food survey found 43 per cent of Australians don't get enough iodine, while 70 per cent of women of child-bearing age and about 10 per cent of children between the ages of two and three are iodine deficient.
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