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Iodine intake in Germany on the decline again - tips for a good iodine supply

Updated BfR FAQ on iodine supply and the prevention of iodine deficiency of 20 February 2020

Iodine is a trace element which is necessary in the body for the production of thyroid hormones and thus for the control of a large number of metabolic processes. The iodine content of domestic agricultural products is not enough to guarantee a sufficient intake of iodine with food in Germany. The iodine supply of the German population was improved by the recommended measure from the mid-1980s to use iodised table salt in the food industry and artisanal food products, and in private homes. The increasing use of iodised animal feed, which resulted in higher iodine content in milk and dairy products, had also helped to improve the situation. However, current data show that the iodine intake of the population is still not optimal and/or demonstrates a declining trend. Continual long-term measures are therefore necessary to ensure that the German population has a sufficient iodine supply, and to prevent iodine deficiency.

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has answered and summarised the most frequent questions on the subject of iodine supply and the prevention of iodine deficiency below:

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