Tell the FDA to Ban Potassium Bromate from Baked Goods!

Potassium bromate, a chemical historically used to whiten and strengthen dough for baking, was declared unsuitable for use in flour by the World Health Organization and the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization in the early 1990s. In 1999 it was declared a possible human carcinogen by the WHO. There's also evidence that the chemical damages kidney function in humans.

Despite the myriad health dangers associated with potassium bromate, the FDA continues to allow its use as a food additive in baked goods. The agency is also well aware of the chemical's risks: the same year that potassium bromate was classified as a possible carcinogen, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned the FDA, urging the agency to ban the chemical from baked goods. The petition has been ignored.

The FDA limits the amount of potassium bromate allowed in flour, but this limit does not take cumulative exposure into account. Write to the FDA and urge them to stop stalling and ban potassium bromate from baked goods in the United States.

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  • Stephen Ostroff


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Please Ban Potassium Bromate from Baked Goods

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