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CSE Note: Indian standards on potassium bromate and/or potassium iodate in bread

This is with reference to our study on residues of potassium bromate/iodate in bread released on May 23, 2016. While the documents issued provide a clear understanding on current Indian standards, but we are still getting queries around it, specifically from those who are reporting on this issue. We realise that it is important to address these questions to prevent any confusion/mis-communication on current Indian standards. Please see below our easy to understand notes: 

Bread study aftermath: CSE welcomes FSSAI action

  • CSE welcomes announcement made by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to ban use of potassium bromate in bread

What’s in our bread?

CSE’s new study points to presence of possible cancer-causing chemical in bread 

CSE supports global move to urge Coke and PepsiCo to curb marketing of sugared drinks to kids

  • Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), along with other organisations from across the world, urges Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to stop marketing sugared drinks to children 

CSE welcomes Delhi Government move to ask schools to consider banning junk foods and create awareness about its ill-effects

  • The Directorate of Education, Delhi has directed heads of schools to create awareness among students and parents about ill effects of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) and to consider banning sale of such junk foods in schools’ canteens 

CSE welcomes FSSAI guidelines on junk food in schools but is concerned about delay in implementation

  • FSSAI has issued draft guidelines on wholesome and nutritious food availability in school that would help control junk food consumption among school children in India

CSE welcomes FSSAI move that halves trans fat limit from 10 to 5 per cent

  • FSSAI has cut down the maximum permitted trans fats in fats and oils. At 5 per cent, the new standards are half of the earlier limit and will come into force by August 2016

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