Kazakhstan: Rules for the importation, production and distribution of non-iodised salt

As of 3 December 2020, importers, manufacturers and distributors of non-iodised salt are required to comply with the adopted set of rules. The rules restrict the use of non-iodised salt with the purpose of prevention of iodine deficiency in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Rules say that the importation, production and sale of non-iodised salt in Kazakhstan is only allowed for:

  • Manufacturing some types of food, where non-iodised salt is used in accordance with the Sanitary Rules for Food Production Facilities; and
  • For the use by individuals that have contraindications (health restrictions) for using iodised salt.

Non-iodised salt can be imported to Kazakhstan on the basis of a contract with a food manufacturer for the production of food where the use of non-iodised salt is allowed.

The list of food that can be produced with the use of non-iodised salt and that is subject to the state sanitary supervision was adopted by Order No. ҚР DSM-197/2020 of 16 November 2020 and includes:

  1. Hard cheese.
  2. Margarine.
  3. Mayonnaise.
  4. Ketchup.
  5. Fish and fish products.
  6. Canned products.

Importers may bring non-iodised salt to Kazakhstan provided that the salt has undergone the required conformity assessment procedure and has the required compliance documents (e.g. a Declaration of Conformity) in accordance with the EAEU Technical Regulation on Food Safety (TR TS 021/2011).

Non-iodised salt can be sold in food stores and supermarkets in the departments (or on the shelves) dedicate to the sale of specialised or dietary food. 

Law: Order No. KR-DSM-228/2020 of 2 December 2020 on the Rules for Importing, Manufacturing and Distributing Non-Iodised Salt in Kazakhstan