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2006-05-10 00:08:22

BEIJING (Reuters) - China still has a way to go to eradicate iodine deficiency because of difficulties in fortifying salt in some remote regions, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Lack of iodine causes neck goiters and mental retardation and more than 700 million Chinese live in iodine-deficient regions. But over the past 50 years, a protracted government effort has meant more than 90 percent of the population has access to iodized salt, said ministry spokesman Mao Qun'an....