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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Please Ban Potassium Bromate from Baked Goods
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