The Centre’s ban on the use of potassium bromate as a food additive will reduce risk from cancer-causing chemicals and safeguard public health, the CSE said today and also sought a ban on potassium iodate, another chemical used as a flour treatment agent in making bread.
“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 that it would be banned 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. 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,” said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, CSE.
The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Monday banned the use of potassium bromate as a food additive following a study by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) which had found its presence in bread as causing cancer. Read more