August 13, 2020 08:00 (IST)
Follow us:
facebook-white sharing button
twitter-white sharing button
instagram-white sharing button
youtube-white sharing button
India registers highest single day recoveries of 56,110 | Militant arrested in north Kashmir's Bandipora | Bengaluru: Violence breaks out over alleged social media post, key accused arrested | Pulwama encounter: Soldier, militant killed | India reports over 60,000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, tally crosses 2.32 million
Bread study outcome: CSE welcomes FSSAI’s ban on potassium bromate

Bread study outcome: CSE welcomes FSSAI’s ban on potassium bromate

India Blooms News Service | | 21 Jun 2016, 08:05 pm
New Delhi, June 21 (IBNS): Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the removal of potassium bromate from the list of approved additives by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

The FSSAI banned the use of potassium bromate across the country, in its latest notice issued on June 20, 2016, for operationalisation of standards for food additives. 

“We are happy to know that the 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. We welcome the prompt action. The chemical was banned in most parts of the world but allowed in India until now. The new law will reduce public health risk from a possible cancer-causing chemical,” said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, CSE.

“We had also recommended a ban on the use of potassium iodate as a flour treatment agent in bread-making. The industry has already declared not to use both these chemicals in public interest. We hope that the FSSAI soon prohibits use of potassium iodate as well,” adds Bhushan.

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. Potassium bromate is a known possible cancer-causing chemical. Use of Potassium iodate in bread can lead to excess iodine intake which could be linked to certain thyroid-related diseases.

Subsequently, the All India Bread Manufacturer’s Association representing the organised industry had declared its intention to withdraw the use of potassium bromate and potassium iodate in bread-making.

Related Images
Kolkata witnesses 'supermoon' 01 Jan 1970, 05:30 am
Related Videos
Covid-19 press briefing by WHO 01 Jan 1970, 05:30 am
Covid-19 press briefing in India 01 Jan 1970, 05:30 am