Food safety body bans cancer-causing additive used in bread making

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-22 11:02 New Delhi: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has banned the use of potassium bromate, possible cancer-causing chemical used in bread making, across the country. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which did a study on the use of the additive on bread making in India, welcomed the removal of potassium bromate from the list of approved additives. “We are happy to know that FSSAI has banned the use of potassium bromate. Our study on bread last month raised this issue and FSSAI had announced to ban it soon. The new law will reduce public health risk from a possible cancer-causing chemical,” said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director-general, CSE. A CSE study in May 2016 had highlighted the use and presence of residues of potassium bromate and/or potassium iodate in bread-making in India. These chemicals have been banned in several countries worldwide due to their possible adverse health effects.