Think twice before buying your favorite brand of bread from the market as it could lead to cancer. A study by Centre for Science and Environment has revealed that all major brands contain cancer-causing substances like potassium bromate and potassium iodate that are banned in many countries but yet not in India. These agents are listed as “hazardous” for public health. What is alarming is that bread samples from KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Subway, McDonald’s and Slice of Italy, Britannia, KFC, Domino’s, McDonald’s were tested.
The bread samples reportedly contained category 2B carcinogen and agents that could lead to thyroid disorders. Some of the top brands that were tested were Britannia and Harvest Gold apart from breads used at fast food chains. CSE has recommended food regulator FSSAI to place a ban on the use of potassium bromate and potassium iodate with immediate effect.
Apart from breads, pavs, buns and pizza bases were also tested and were found to be a hazard to health of the population as well. The study stated that 84 per cent of bread samples collected from across Delhi contain residues of potassium bromate, potassium iodate or both. The study reveals that the reason manufacturers use these agents is because potassium bromate helps achieve high rising and a uniform finish, and potassium iodate is used by breadmakers as flour treatment agents.
“We are seized of the matter. I have told my officials to report to me on an urgent basis. There is no need to panic. Very soon we will come out with the (probe) report,” Health Minister JP Nadda was quoted as saying by PTI.
Food regulator FSSAI said in reaction to the findings that it has decided has decided to remove potassium bromate from the list of permitted additives while it is examining evidence against potassium iodate before restricting its use.
Shockingly, most bread brands do not even name the two chemicals in the list of ingredients. So for the sake of your loved ones, be more cautious while purchasing food items in the future as its consumption could pose as a big health risk.