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[Workshop on quality assurance of salt iodinization programs, October 1996] Atelier en matiere d'assurance de la qualite des programmes d'iodation du sel, Octobre 1996.
[Arlington, Virginia], JSI, OMNI, 1997 May. , 37 p. (USAID Contract No. HRN-C-00-93-00025-08)Despite the considerable progress which has been achieved in establishing salt iodination programs with the goal of covering broader populations in more countries, salt produced for eventual human consumption tends to be either over- or underiodized. To resolve that problem, quality assurance systems need to be created and implemented to ensure that the iodized salt being produced and consumed meets certain key standards. This workshop grew out of the ideas and efforts of salt producers, governmental decision-makers, and program and organization managers seeking to evaluate the essential elements of such quality assurance systems and to recommend which steps should be taken. The 27 workshop participants from several different fields and organizations therefore examined production problems, sales monitoring concerns at both the wholesale and retail levels, standards and their application, laboratory analyses, and policy development. Workshop participants came from South Africa, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, Eritrea, the US, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Pakistan, Holland, Philippines, Tanzania, and Thailand. Recommendations are presented.