Food Health

Cancer-Causing Chemicals In Bread: A Threat To National Greatness?

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May 24th, 2016   |   Updated on May 24th, 2023

Do you love pizza and burgers from KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Domino’s, and other fast food outlets ?

If so, we’d like to present you with the greatest health hazard news: bread samples of virtually all top brands in Delhi contain cancer-causing chemicals.

Yes, nearly 84 percent 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 as they are listed as “hazardous” for public health, said a study released by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

Would you eat your favorite pizza and burgers if you knew that it contained cancer-causing chemicals? So, chowing down on pizza and burgers could lead you to cancer.

The bread samples which were tested included brands such as Britannia, Harvest Gold and the fast food chains -KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Subway, McDonald’s and Slice of Italy.


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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.


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“We found 84 per cent samples positive with potassium bromate or iodate. We re-confirmed the presence of potassium bromate or iodate in a few samples through an external third-party laboratory. We checked labels and talked to industry and scientists.”

But that’s not all, CSE has urged food regulator FSSAI to ban the use of potassium bromate and potassium iodate with immediate effect and prevent their routine exposure to Indian population.

McDonald’s India also strongly denied the “claims and accusations” and termed it “completely baseless”.

“McDonald’s India does not use potassium bromate or potassium iodate in the flour and all other ingredients that goes into our buns,”said National Supply Chain and Quality Assurance at McDonald’s India.

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So, how can you be assured that your popular fast food brands using pre-packaged breads, pav and buns, ready-to-eat burger breads and ready-to-eat pizza breads do not use cancer-causing chemicals such as Potassium Bromate and Potassium Iodate in the flour utilized in baking breads?

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We advise you to go slow with your pizza and burgers cravings till the veracity of the CSE’s study comes out !

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Source: Huffington Post