Bread Panic: Food Department To Hold Crucial Meet


Kolkata: Representatives of Joint Action Committee of West Bengal Bakers’ Association will sit for a meeting with the officials from the food department in order to eradicate the notion that having bread would cause cancer in future.

The members of the association have alleged that it was completely a bad promotion to spread that manufacturing of breads involve dangerous and harmful chemicals. As a result, the production of the breads has fallen due to lack in demand. Hence, a lot of workers are losing their jobs too. Therefore, several small and big bread manufacturing industries will suffer huge loss.

Editor of Joint Action Committee of West Bengal Bakers’ Association and MLA, Idrish Ali will meet with Food and supplies minister Jyotipria Mullick to seek for the state’s co-operation. The state had earlier sent bread samples to the Central Government Laboratory in Kyd Street and another to a lab in Barasat for testing for the presence of harmful chemicals, namely, potassium bromate and potassium iodate. No reports have been received yet.

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had released a report which said that Indian bread manufacturers use potassium bromate and potassium iodate for treating flour while making bread. Potassium bromate is known to be a category 2B carcinogen and is already banned in Britain, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Sri Lanka, among other countries.