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Mar 1, 2014

Hundreds of Foods in the U.S contain ADA plastics Chemical


Nearly 500 foods on grocery store shelves in the United States, including foods labeled as “healthy,” contain a potentially harmful industrial plastic chemical.  A report by the Environmental Working Group concluded that Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA was found in various found bread products including tortillas, bagels, hamburger buns and pastries and other food products.
Although fully approved for use in food by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Candadian Food Inspection Agency, ADA is banned as an additive in Australia and some European countries.
Azodicarbonamide is used by bakers as a flour bleaching agent and as an oxidizing agent in dough to improve its performance. In addition to being food additive, it also used in plastics to improve elasticity and can be found in yoga mats and shoes.
According to the World Health Organization, epidemiological studies in humans and other reports have produced "abundant evidence that azodicarbonamide can induce asthma, other respiratory symptoms, and skin sensitization" to people working with the chemical.
Currently, the FDA states that azodicarbonamide can be used safely if the amount in flour does not exceed 2.05 grams per 100 pounds of flour or 45 parts per million.  However, the Environmental Working Group states that manufacturers should immediately end the use of ADA in food altogether.   This past month U.S. Senator Charles Schumer this called on the FDA to ban ADA from foods.