FSSAI drops Potassium Bromate and Cyclamates from its list of safe food additives
New Delhi, Jun 21 (IBNS): The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) dropped two food additives, namely Potassium Bromate (normally used in bread and bakery products) and Cyclamates (normally used in jams, jellies, marmalades, dairy based drinks, confectionery etc.) from its final list of permissible additives, which became operational on Monday.
Nearly a month ago, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claimed that a study conducted in Delhi by its Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) revealed that one of urban India’s staple food products – the bread that we buy off the shelves – could be laced with toxic chemicals that are serious health hazards. CSE particularly mentioned potassium bromate and potassium iodate that were used for treating flour while making bread.
A decision on the use of Potassium Iodate in food is likely to be taken soon.
The final list operationalised by FSSAI contains 11,000 food additives provisions that can be used by food businesses in various food categories.
FSSAI has already notified the specification of proprietary food so as to facilitate the food businesses to manufacture and process new food which may contain the standardized/approved ingredients in the Food Safety and Standards Regulations and may use the food additives permitted for the category or sub-category.
FSSAI has also finalized a list of food additives with respect to alcoholic beverages in alignment with International Organization for Vine and Wine (OIV) Standards.
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