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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

FDA asks Goa bread units and poders for pao samples

Panaji : In the light of the study that says that breads in India contain carcinogens, the food and drugs administration (FDA) has ordered its food inspectors to collect bread samples from bakers and bread manufacturing companies across the State.
FDA director Salim Veljee said he has issued the directions following media reports of a study released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) that says that most breads by Indian companies contained chemicals such as bromate and iodate. These chemicals damage human health and could also lead to cancer. Leading bread brands tested positive for both chemicals.
Veljee said it will be days before the results of the bread samples tested are received.
An official, on condition of anonymity, said the use of potassium bromate came under the list of additives permitted by the food safety and standards authority of India (FSSAI). With no ban on the use of the two chemicals, the official said they would able to take action against a bread manufacturer only if his products contained either of the two chemicals in quantities beyond the permissible limit of 50 parts per million.
Some local bakers in the State have denied using the chemicals in either their bread or in any other bakery product. A member of the All Goa Bakers Association said that they do not use potassium bromate or potassium iodate, only yeast. "Other ingredients used are water, salt, sugar and flour," the member said.

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