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Old 12th April 2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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Food Fear-Mongering: Azodicarbonamide (Bread will kill you)

A new target has popped up recently: Azodicarbonamide, a chemical additive used in bread flour.

An example of the concerns I've been reading can be seen here:

http://blog.foodfacts.com/index.php/...id-most-bread/
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Q: What is azodicarbonamide?

It is a chemical whose primary use is “in the production of foamed plastics.” In the United States it is also used as a food additive and flour bleaching agent.

Q: Why should I avoid azodicarbonamide?

Well, for one, most of the world does not look upon the chemical additive very favorably. It is banned as a food additive and in food packaging in the United Kingdom. It is banned in most European countries as well as Australia. And its use in Singapore has some pretty severe penalties (up to 15 years in prison and $450,000 fine). That is not the case in the United States.

According to Food Lorists, “In the UK, the H.S.E has identified azodicarbonamide as a respiratory sensitiser (a possible cause of asthma) and determined that products should be labeled with “May cause sensitisation by inhalation.”
So what are the facts? Is my sandwich going to choke the life out of me?
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Old 12th April 2010, 01:20 PM   #2
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Old 12th April 2010, 10:37 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by SkeptiChick View Post
I wouldn't consider the results from this study as "fear mongering",
it seems pretty clear:

...."In conclusion, the key toxic effect of azodicarbonamide in humans
is asthmagenicity."......

...."13.1 Human health hazards

Azodicarbonamide is of low acute toxicity, but repeated or
prolonged contact may cause asthma and skin sensitization."....
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Old 13th April 2010, 12:41 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Roma View Post
I wouldn't consider the results from this study as "fear mongering",
it seems pretty clear:

...."In conclusion, the key toxic effect of azodicarbonamide in humans
is asthmagenicity."......

...."13.1 Human health hazards

Azodicarbonamide is of low acute toxicity, but repeated or
prolonged contact may cause asthma and skin sensitization."....
Did you really read the report I linked? Those results are not from eating bread. They are from inhaling the raw chemical.

The fear mongering is the site linked in the OP is promoting the view that simply eating bread will cause these effects, when there is no evidence to suggest that.
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