Submitted by Editor on Tue, 2016-05-24 16:49 New Delhi: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has banned the use of potassium bromate in making bread in India after a report published by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) found widespread use and presence of residues of potassium bromate/iodate in bread sold in Delhi. The study conducted by CSE’s Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) said Indian bread manufacturers use potassium bromate and potassium iodate for treating flour while making bread. The use of these chemicals in the bread-making sector has been banned in many countries because they are listed as hazardous for public health: one is a category 2B carcinogen (possibly carcinogenic to humans) and the other could trigger thyroid disorders. India does not ban their use. Therefore, keeping in mind public health, CSE had recommended an immediate ban on them in India. “We welcome the steps initiated by FSSAI to ban potassium bromate and evaluate the use of potassium iodate – we hope a ban on potassium iodate will follow. The Authority’s quick response to what we found in our study reestablishes our stand that public health must remain a priority,” said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, CSE.