UNICEF says that the numbers of kids who developed thyroid cancer could have been considerably lesser if they had been consuming iodized salt in their daily diet at the time of the accident at 20th centennial of Chernobyl approaches.
The areas affected by Chernobyl were iodine deficient before the tragedy, and are still iodine deficient today. Iodine insufficiency disorders are the world’s leading cause of mental retardation and can lesser the average IQ of a populace by as much as 15 points.
IDD is danger to pregnant women and young children. Several efforts to get legislation passed on universal salt iodization in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the issue is still being debated.