Thai FDA to Fight Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) by Standardizing Table Salt and Iodized Seasoning Products
29 February. 2024

              Thai FDA organized a knowledge-based training for manufacturers on table salt and iodized seasoning products, focusing on enhancing skills on standard quality control and the use of calculation tool in iodization of products, as well as providing knowledge to the central and regional officers to ensure the efficient and standardized operation nationwide.


              On February 29, 2024, Mr. Lertchai Lertvut, Deputy Secretary-General of the Food and Drug Administration, presided over the Standard Quality Control of Table Salt and Iodized Seasoning Products Workshop (2024) at TK Palace Hotel & Convention, Bangkok. He revealed that the Thai FDA has collaborated with the Department of Health to promote the public access to standardized table salt and iodized seasoning products under the operation of the Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, initiated and presided by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The Thai FDA previously mandated the addition of iodine to table salt (20-40 ppm) and fish sauce from protein-digested soybean and cooking salt water (2-3 ppm) in order to fight Iodine Deficiency Disorder. The Thai FDA has also conducted on-site monitoring at the manufacturing and distribution locations, on-site recommendations for manufacturers, and the development of calculation tool in iodization of products for manufacturing quality control. Moreover, it has also collaborated with education institutions to develop techniques for manufacturing quality control, as well as easy-to-use test kits.

              This training aimed at providing knowledge to manufacturers, enabling them to control quality standards in manufacturing, as well as to practice iodine value analysis, the use of calculation tool in iodization of products, quality system documentation, and accurate labelling. Moreover, it aimed at improving operational standards for officers to be in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and legal matters under the responsibility of the Thai FDA. All these were to ensure standardized operation nationwide, resulting in safe products that meet the standard for consumers.

News Publication Date: 29 February 2024