The government has banned use of potassium bromate as a food additive. Last month Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had recommended to the Health Ministry about removal of potassium bromate from the list of permissible food additives after a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
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.
“FSSAI has banned potassium bromate. A notification has been issued in this regard. As far as potassium iodate is concerned, it has been referred to a scientific panel,” FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal told PTI.
These two food additives are banned in many countries and listed as hazardous for public health.
After the CSE study, a bread manufacturers’ body had said they will stop using controversial potassium bromate and potassium iodate as additives.
The All India Bread Manufacturers Association, which represents over 90 organised bread manufacturers such as Harvest Gold and Britannia, had asked FSSAI to verify the findings of the CSE report that claimed most of the breads sold in the national capital contained cancer-causing chemicals.