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May, 25 2016

We will remove potassium bromate from food additives list- FSSAI CEO

The food safety body is continuously working with food, restaurants and eCommerce players to fight the ongoing demand of food safety in the country.

Soon after CSE report claimed that bread contains cancer-causing chemicals in Delhi, FSSAI has decided to remove potassium bromate from the list of permitted additives while it is examining evidence against potassium iodate before restricting its use.

"A scientific panel had recommended removal of potassium bromate from the list of additives. So we have already decided to take it out from the list. Soon it will be notified," shared Pawan Kumar Agarwal, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

According to the report by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) nearly 84 per cent of 38 commonly available brands of pre-packaged breads, including pav and buns, tested positive for potassium bromate and potassium iodate, banned in many countries as they are listed as "hazardous" for public health.

"As far as potassium iodate is concerned, we are examining the evidence and soon a decision will be taken," added Agarwal.

The food safety body is continuously working with food, restaurants and eCommerce players to fight the ongoing demand of food safety in the country.

FSSAI is also working to renew the food standards as per the global parameters and has asked local bodies to join them in the food safety play. 

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