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Consumers may think the Food and Drug Administration bans anything questionable from ending up in the food stream, but an additive banned in Europe, China, and India got the go-ahead in the United States. 

Wondering what it is? Check your bread for potassium bromate, a suspected carcinogen that's okay to include in U.S. products.

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Some manufacturers use potassium bromate as a dough strengthener, and it's estimated to be present in more than 100 products. And it's not the only suspicious additive banned elsewhere to get the green light in the U.S.

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While reading the ingredient list of your bread and other products, keep an eye out for these other additives banned in Europe because of health concerns that are permitted in the U.S.:

  • Titanium dioxide (also known as E171): preserves food color.
  • Brominated vegetable oil (E443): used in beverages to keep citrus flavors from separating.
  • Potassium bromate (E924): a dough strengthener that also adds elasticity.
  • Azodicarbonamide (E927a): a whitening agent in cereal flour and dough conditioner.
  • Propylparaben (E217): a food preservative.
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