Potassium Bromate

What is Potassium Bromate?

Potassium bromate is a bromate of potassium, which is used as a flour improver in bread products. [1]

Potassium Bromate Health Concerns

In the United States, it has not been banned. The FDA sanctioned the use of bromate before the Delaney clause of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act went into effect in 1958 — which bans carcinogenic substances — so that it is more difficult for it to now be banned. Instead, since 1991 the FDA has urged bakers to voluntarily stop using it. In California a warning label is required when bromated flour is used. [1]