July, 2019: A second salt satyagraha is the need of the hour in order to get rid table salt of all harmful substances, said Shiv Shankar Gupta, who has recently took premium Indian salt brands to task over the use of potassium ferrocyanide in salt as anti-caking agent.
Universal iodization is part of a larger marketing gimmick and conspiracy to sell refined salt as “iodized salt”, and it has successfully killed the sale of natural salt, which is abundantly available in our country, said Gupta, a 91-year old man, who has seen the transition of multi-crore Indian salt industry.
In addition to this they are adding toxic drug compounds like potassium ferrocyanide as anti caking agents, which is already being prohibited by countries like United States and Great Britain due to the toxic substance in it, he alleged.
“The natural salt contains moderate amount of iodine, and therefore there is no need for adding artificial iodine. But, when the salt is refined and stripped of its essential elements, which are naturally present, the salt manufacturers use artificial iodine as a camouflage to market it as iodine-rich,” he said.
“The politics of salt has hardly received the kind of attention it deserves in this country. Despite being such an essential commodity, successive governmentshave allowed market forces to use salt for their vested commercial interests,” said Gupta, who has been raising his voice for indigenous natural saltwell over a decade.
“In the year 1962, the National Goiter Control Programme (NGCP) was launched by the Government of India in order to provide iodized salt to the population living in goiter-prone areas like in the Himalayan region. This opened up new vistas to big Indiancorporates to exploit the masses in the name of iodized salt. They entered the salt manufacturing industry, producing vacuum salt, which is nothing but industrial waste masquerading as edible salt,” he said.
In his book, titled “Could universal iodisation of salt be the chief cause of hypertension assuming epidemic proportion?,” retired Col Rajesh Chauhan has concluded that universal iodisation of salt could be increasing the risk of high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart ailments.The study included patients who were consuming iodised salt regularly, and were compared with another group who were not using iodised salt.