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CSE study: Your bread may cause cancer.

THE Union health ministry has ordered a probe after a study on Monday revealed that bread samples in Delhi contained cancer- causing chemicals. A report by Centre for Science and Environment ( CSE) said 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, listed as hazardous for public health.

CSE's Pollution Monitoring Laboratory ( PML) tested 38 commonly available branded varieties of pre- packaged breads, pav and buns, ready- to- eat burger bread and ready- to- eat pizza breads of popular fast food outlets from Delhi. " We found 84 per cent samples positive with potassium bromate or iodate. We reconfirmed the presence of potassium bromate or iodate in a few samples through an external third- party laboratory," said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, CSE. " 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 probe report," said Union Health Minister J P Nadda.

Additionally, the Food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ( 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.

We have already decided to take it out from the list. Soon it will be notified," said Pawan Kumar Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI. CSE study: Your bread may cause cancer Health ministry has ordered a probe after the study revealed that bread samples in Delhi contained cancer- causing chemicals

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Date:May 24, 2016
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