NEW DELHI: The government on Monday banned use of potassium bromate as a food preservative following a CSE study that establish its attendance in bread as causing cancer. The Health Ministry banned the use of Potassium bromate, the food stabilizer used in bread, which was originate to cause cancer by a study by the Centre for Science and Environment. While potassium bromate was disqualified, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has referred an additional additive, potassium iodate, to its scientific board for supplementary testing. FSSAI CEO Pawan Agrawal conveyed that, “FSSAI has banned potassium bromate. An announcement has been made in this regard. As far as Potassium Iodate is anxious, it has been referred to a scientific pane”.
Previous month, the controller had suggested the removal of potassium bromate from the list of allowable food additives after a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) found that 84 per cent of 38 normally available brands of pre-packaged bread experienced positive for potassium bromate and potassium iodate banned in many countries and listed as dangerous for public health. Potassium bromate characteristically increases bucks strength, leads to superior rising and consistent finish to baked products while Potassium Iodate is a flour conduct agent. The CSE had also urged FSSAI to ban the use of potassium bromate and potassium iodate and put off their routine introduction to Indian population. The All India Bread Manufacturers Association, which represents over 90 organized bread manufacturers such as Harvest, Gold and Britannia, had asked FSSAI to confirm the findings of the CSE report that claimed the majority of the breads sold in the national capital restricted cancer-causing chemicals. Subsequent to the CSE research, a bread maker conveyed that they would discontinue using the contentious potassium bromate and potassium iodate.