The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is seeking to eliminate
iodine deficiency in the Americas by 2005 through universal consumption of
iodized salt, health officials announced last month at a meeting in Lima,
Peru. The initiative is part of a global campaign to eliminate the problem,
which affects millions worldwide and is the greatest single cause of preventable
brain damage and mental retardation (http://www.who.int/nut/idd.htm).
Stephenson J. Iodine Deficiency. JAMA. 2004;291(23):2809. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2809-a