The government has drafted Universal Iodised Salt Act 2017 with an aim to make it mandatory for all edible salt to be iodised for ensuring use of iodised salt in producing food items for human and animals and to bring the salt sector under proper management.
According to the draft, the Universal Iodised Salt Act 2017 would be the replacement of Iodine Deficiency Diseases Prevention Act-1989.
After passing the law in 1989, fortification of salt with iodine was initiated in 1990 to meet the urgent need for a cost-effective and sustainable intervention for the control of iodine deficiency disorder.
In the draft, the government has proposed to increase the administrative penalty for the violation of law to Tk 20 lakh which is only Tk 5,000 in Iodine Deficiency Diseases Prevention Act.
In the draft of new law, the government imposed bar on transportation of salt without packaging and label and stipulated provision of two-year jail term or fine up to Tk 5 lakh or both for violation of the section.
The draft proposed five-year jail term or Tk 20 lakh as fine or both for producing substandard salt and marketing the item without fortification with iodine.
Traders would have to take licence under the law for importing, hoarding, processing, refining and making wholesale supply
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