Published On: Tue, May 24th, 2016

All types of bread can cause cancer: CSE Report



A research study has revealed that the bread you eat can boost the peril of cancer. And it is not limited to only white bread, but brown, multigrain, whole-wheat and even your pavs, buns and pizza bread are dangerous.

The study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and 84 percent of bread and bakery samples gathered which hold residues of potassium bromate, potassium iodate or both. While potassium bromate is considered to be a Class 2B carcinogenic, which illustrates that it can be a reason for cancer, potassium iodate can direct to “thyroid disorders, enhance the occurrence of autoimmune thyroiditis and augment the danger of thyroid cancer,” the report stated.

Here is the question that why are these chemicals employed in bread? The report states that potassium bromate (KBrO3) aids in getting high rising and a smooth finish, and the potassium iodate (KIO3) is employed by bread makers as flour treatment agents. The chemicals were eminently employed around the globe till the late 1980s and near the beginning of 1990s when there was an alert attempt to reduce their use pursuing fact indicating towards the difficult impact on the health of consumers.

To discover whether potassium bromate and potassium iodate are there in diverse kinds of bread, the Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) at CSE gathered 38 bread and bakery samples from retail shops, bakeries, and fast food outlets.

The research study discovered that 84 percent (32/38) samples were discovered with potassium bromate or iodate in the variety of 1.15-22.54 parts per million (ppm). Almost 79 percent (19/24) samples of wrapped up bread, all samples of white bread, pav, bun and ready-to-eat pizza bread and 75 percent (3/4) samples of ready-to-eat burger bread were positive.

The report states that “The highest level of potassium bromate and/or iodate was found in sandwich bread. This was followed by pav, bun, and white bread. Even the average level of the residues was high in these product categories,” The report states that many bread brands do not even name the two chemicals in the record of ingredients.

The report further added that the use of potassium bromate and/or iodate has been banned in numerous countries around the globe, involving Australia, major areas of Europe, Canada and China, amid others. The US and India haven’t this kind of ban, with the previous inquiring bakers to willingly shun employing it.

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The CSE suggests that The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) “should ban the use of potassium bromate in making bread and bakery products with instant effect. Thinking that it can be a reason for cancer is banned in many areas of the globe, and has healthy options, there is no cause why this chemical must be permitted, in particular when residues are discovered to be there in the end-product.” It recommends the same ban for the use of potassium iodate as well.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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