Breads may contain cancer causing substances: Study


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WEB DESK: As pollution levels continue to rise, we are bound to see its effects on our health, pour lifestyle, the food we eat and so on. The pollutants add to your food resulting in various diseases.

Cancer causing bread is the latest inductee, which has raised concerns in India after a study released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), has found 84 percent of bread and bakery samples collected from across Indian capital Delhi containing cancer causing substances.

According to The Indian Express, the bread contains traces of potassium bromate, potassium iodate or both. While potassium bromate is said to be a Class 2B carcinogenic, which means it may cause cancer, potassium iodate can lead to “thyroid disorders, increase the incidence of autoimmune thyroiditis and increase the risk of thyroid cancer,” the report said.

But how did these dangerous chemicals enter into bread, at the first place, surprisingly the report informed that these chemicals are used in the process of bread making, potassium bromate helps bread achieve high rising and a uniform finish, while potassium iodate is used by bread-makers as flour agent.

According to BBC, the All India Bread Manufacturers’ Association said the chemicals were “considered safe”.

Health Minister JP Nadda said that his ministry is preparing report on the issue, urging public not to panic.”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 [inquiry] report,” he said.

Source: Business Recorder