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Bread makers not to use potassium bromate, iodate; CSE welcomes decision




New Delhi, May 26 : Leading bread makers on Thursday said that they will give up the use of potassium bromate and potassium iodate in wake of a Centre for Science and Environment study flagging their harmful effects on health, including causing cancer. The CSE welcomed the decision.

The bread makers’ decision not to use these chemical additives came days after Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banned use of potassium bromate. Meanwhile in West Bengal, production of bread in over 4,000 bakeries has been hit by about 30 percent in wake of the study, said industry associations.

At press conference here, All India Bread Manufacturers’ Association said they will not use the two chemicals.

Aadil Hassan, managing director of Harvest Gold Industries, who addressed the media, said they had been earlier using the additives as they had been allowed by the government.

“We will not use potassium bromate and iodate if people don’t like it. We were using them as their use was allowed by our government and scientists. We have other enzymes and emulsifiers as their alternate,” he said.

Identifying potassium bromate was an oxidizing agent used in the process of making bread and admitting its overuse was harmful, he said that “if used with sophistication, it only adds to the (softness) of the product”.

“Potassium iodate never had any use for us. We were using it since government had mandated its use for breads,” he said, adding that the AIBMA has decided to give up use of both additives because “there is a confusion among the consumers regarding its use.”

The CSE report, released on May 23, said that most of the breads made by the Indian companies are found to contain potassium bromate and potassium iodate – food additives banned in many countries for their adverse effects on human health.

The CSE welcomed the AIBMA decision.

“We have heard what the bread-making association has announced. We are happy that they have decided to stop using potassium bromate and potassium iodate within two-three days. This will reduce public health risk from these chemicals,” said CSE deputy director general Chandra Bhushan in a statement.

He said CSE researchers had pointed out that potassium bromate can possibly cause cancer and use of potassium iodate can lead to excess intake of iodine, which could affect thyroid functions.

Bhushan said CSE had welcomed FSSAI’s move to ban potassium bromate. “We urge FSSAI to also ban use of potassium iodate in bread-making,” he said.

However, speaking at an event in Delhi, AIIMS director M.C. Mishra said that use of these chemicals might pose some danger but no individual eats entire loaf of bread everyday.

“Majority of people eat a piece or two at the most, so in the long-term, there is no need to panic much as has also been said by the FSSAI,” he said.

In Kolkata, West Bengal Bakery Co-ordinators Committee and West Bengal Baker’s Association said they will carry out sampling and testing of breads from the bakeries.

“Our daily production ranges from 10 to 12 lakh pounds, but after the reports of bread allegedly causing cancer started doing the rounds on media, our production was affected by 25 to 30 percent in the last couple of days,” Sheikh Ismail Hossain, secretary of the committee, told the media.

Hossain and his associates claimed the chemicals were not used in the bakeries in the state.

“They are not used at all. We use lipase and alpha amylase here,” he said.

The committee said it has approached the Central Food Laboratory in Kolkata to conduct analysis from bread samples.

Trinamool Congress MP Idris Ali, who is a bakery baron, urged people to not shun bread.

“It seems a part of some conspiracy. Bread is safe,” said Ali, who is also secretary, Joint Action Committee of West Bengal Baker’s Association.

Meanwhile, Nahoum and Sons, the celebrated 113-year-old Jewish bakery in Kolkata, said its sales have not been affected at all.

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20 new containment zones formed in Delhi; 122 total

Covid cases in the national capital crossed the 18,000 mark on Saturday.




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New Delhi, May 30 : The number of Containment Zones in the national capital rose to 122 on Saturday with 20 new being formed in the last 24 hours, according to Delhi Government.

Among the 20 new containment zones, one is in East, three in North, three in south-east and 13 in West zone.

The highest 24 containment zones are in the North district. The South East has 17 containment zones while the South district has 12 zones.

Among those having the least zones is the New Delhi district with three zones.

The South West has 12 such zones while the North West districts has 13 containment zones.

The Central district has seven zones and the North East district has four zones while Shahdara district has eight zones.

Six containment zones are in the East district.

So far, total 53 zones have been de-contained, as per the data shared by the Delhi government on Saturday — the highest 12 from the West district. On Saturday, three zones were freed — two in the south-east district and one in the South district.

Covid cases in the national capital crossed the 18,000 mark on Saturday.

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Gujarat’s corona death toll now 1,007, total cases 16,356



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Gandhinagar, May 30 : Gujarat’s death toll due to novel coronavirus climbed to 1,007 on Saturday as 27 more persons succumbed to the dreaded virus. With 412 new cases, the total crossed the 16K-mark to 16,356.

The state has 6,119 active cases at present, of which the condition of 6,057 is stable. The condition of 62 patients is critical and are on ventilators.

The state has been registering over 20 deaths daily since beginning of May. Of the 27 new casualties, Ahmedabad reported 24. A patient each from Gandhinagar, Banaskantha and Mahesana also succumbed to the virus on Saturday.

A total of 621 patients were discharged on Saturday, taking the total cured patients to 9,230.

According to the state government, the recovery rate of Gujarat has now improved to 56.43% from 39.20% 15 days back.

A total of 793 persons have succumbed to the virus in May till date. Out of the total deaths, 822 deaths were reported in Ahmedabad (81.62%), followed by 67 in Surat, 39 in Vadodara, 14 in Gandhinagar, 10 in Anand, 8 in Bhavnagar, and 6 in Panchmahals.

Of 412 new cases, Ahmedabad had the maximum 284, followed by Surat 55, Vadodara 28, Gandhinagar 12, Aravalli 6, Banaskantha, Rajkot, Sabarkantha and Panchmahals 3 each, Anand, Patan, Jamnagar and Chotta Udepur 2 each, and Bhavnagar, Kutch, Mahisagar, Amreli, Porbandar and other states one positive case each.

Out of Gujarat’s total 16,356 cases, Ahmedabad leads with maximum 11,881, followed by Surat 1,565, Vadodara 1,009, Gandhinagar 261, Bhavnagar 120, Mahisagar 115, Mahesana 112, Rajkot 108, Banaskantha 107, Aravalli 103, Sabarkantha 101, Anand 99, Panchmahals 85, Patan 78, Kutch 80, Kheda 65, Botad 59, and Jamnagar 54 cases.

Health authorities have so far carried out 2,05,780 tests in the state, of which 16,356 tested positive and 1,89,424 negative.

People quarantined total 2,53,845, out of which 2,45,701 are home quarantined and 8,144 in institutional quarantine.

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Kejriwal assures his govt is way ahead in Covid planning

Kejriwal also informed that while the cases have doubled in the last 15 days, only 2,100 are in hospitals and rest are undergoing treatment at their homes.




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New Delhi, May 30 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said while the coronavirus cases are increasing, the government is ahead of the infection in terms of preparations.

Kejriwal said so far, 398 people have died due to the infection.

“In the past few days, the cases have been increasing and I assure that we are ahead in planning. We have made arrangements even more than what is required. We cannot have a permanent lockdown to fight against coronavirus,” he said.

Kejriwal, while addressing the media, also said that the aim is that there are sufficient beds and arrangements in the hospitals to deal with the cases and fewer deaths taking place.

“We have procured a large number of beds to treat Corona(virus) patients. Though the number of cases are rising, we have sufficient arrangements to treat them,” he added. He informed that last week the city had 4,500 beds for covid treatment.

“In the past week, we made arrangements for 2,100 more beds. We now have about 6,500 beds. By June 5, we will have 9,500 beds. We are taking over hospitals and hotels,” he added.

Kejriwal also informed that while the cases have doubled in the last 15 days, only 2,100 are in hospitals and rest are undergoing treatment at their homes.

“Today, 17,386 cases are there and only 2,100 patients are in hospitals, only about 600 more people have been admitted to the hospitals in the last 15 days,” he added.

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