Iodine is an essential element used in a wide diversity of applications. Ensuring optimal intake of iodine for humans is key to prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorders. This is one of the missions of the World Iodine Association, the organiser of this first international conference on iodine in food systems and health. The programme is composed by an independent Scientific Steering Committee and supported by the WIA Scientific Advisory Board.
Iodine is a volatile element with unique properties in redox chemistry and speciation. Analyses of iodine traces in water, soil and food and determination of the fate of iodine in humans, animals and plants are a challenge.
Iodine is a rare element, found at trace amounts in water, air, and soil. The amount of iodine taken up by fish, crops and farm animals determines the level of iodine in food. In large areas of the world the amount of iodine in the daily meal is not adequate. Health interventions are needed to ensure an optimal daily intake of iodine.