No need to panic about chemicals in bread: AIIMS director

New Delhi, May 26 :There is no need to panic about the presence of chemicals like potassium bromate and potassium iodate in the pre-packaged daily bread, but excess of anything should be avoided, AIIMS director M.C. Mishra said on Thursday.

“It might pose some danger but no individual eats entire pack 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 (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India),” he said.

Dr Mishra made the observation while inaugurating a conference on “Health Security for All”, organised by industry association, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

“Usage of chemical additives in food items should be minimised and replaced with fresh food items like eggs, fruits, vegetables and other alternatives… besides one should eat everything in moderate quantity,” said the director of the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

On the strike by the Federation of Resident Doctors Association) in Delhi for revision of 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and an increase in their salaries and allowances, Mishra said: “We also take up our issues related to 7th Pay Commission and we will do that…”

“I feel the government should take care of hopes and aspirations of everyone and I understand that government is already thinking over this issue.”

Misra said that healthcare should become one of the main topics during elections as health nowhere falls into the priority of citizens.

“Unfortunately, in India, we have never voted out or voted in any government which has done better or which has not done enough on the healthcare front,” he said.

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