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    Is use of potassium bromate in manufacture of bread been banned in India?

    Wondering if potassium bromate used in breads is banned in India? Find responses on this page from experts.

    Few weeks ago there were many media reports regarding harmful effects of potassium bromate used in the manufacture of breads. Has use of potassium bromate in manufacture of bread been banned in India? Is it banned in other countries of the world also?
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  • #136722
    Potassium bromate is a food additive added to breads and most other food. It is banned in many countries and listed as hazardous for public health.
    A study conducted by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) found its presences in breads as a possible carcinogenic to humans. The use of Potassium bromate as food additive in breads is not yet banned in India, however following the study claims the government is set to ban potassium bromate as food additive.
    A notification to ban Potassium bromate and to remove it from the list of permissible additives has been issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), a government agency is responsible food regulation and supervision of food safety to Ministry of Health. With the ministry it may further take a week or two to bring a ban on Potassium bromated.

  • #137473
    Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banned potassium bromate as it was carcinogen substance and harmful to humans. It causes cancer in the thyroids, kidneys. Some reports came up showing presence of high levels of cancer-causing additives in white bread, bun and pizza bread. The study had found that 84 per cent of 38 commonly available brands of pre packaged breads, including pav and buns, tested positive for potassium bromate and potassium iodate.
    Potassium Bromate is a powerful oxidizing agent that chemically ages flour much faster than open air. Potassium bromate bleaches dough, and enhances its elasticity, which makes for the formation of tiny, thin-walled bubbles as the bread rises. The end product is fluffy, soft and unnaturally white.
    Since 1990 potassium bromate has been prohibited in Canada Australia, New Zealand, China, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Peru and Colombia.

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