Centre for Science and Environment(CSE) has claimed after a study that 84% of all bakery products manufactured by 38 popular brands in India has carcinogenic elements Potassium Bromate (KBrO3) and Iodate. Traces of these elements were found in products such as bread, pizza, burger and buns. The report states that use of Potassium Bromate in bakery products was common in 1980s and 1990s as the compound is a flour improver and gives nice rise to bakery items. But initially it was thought that Potassium Bromate was not present in the finished products. Studies showed that traces of KBrO3 remained in final products and these additives were banned in many countries.
At the moment Iodate and Potassium Bromate are not banned in India. The study has been reported to the Health Minister JP Nadda who commented that health ministry officers are checking the validity of this claim with the companies and there is no cause to panic. Potassium Broamte is a category 2B carcinogenic product as per rating given by IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer).