Professor Oladunni Akinnawo, an expert in Food Chemistry at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo state, has claimed that a lot of bread consumed in Ibadan and other Oyo towns contained an alarming percentage of potassium bromate, a banned substance.
Potassium bromate is used in break making as it strengthens the dough and improves the texture of the product, altogether increasing the dough volume. Bakers in Nigeria have continued to use the chemical even though it has been banned a long time ago due to its numerous adverse health impacts. Prof. Oladunni calls it the ‘kill small small’ substance.
Research has established that this substance causes sore throat, abdominal pains, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting. Extreme conditions could be kidney failure and heart failure. Prof. Akinnawo added that there is a link to potassium bromate and cancer, hence it is a potential carcinogen.
While the expert calls on the government to look into the bakery industry in Nigeria, Campus Duty appeals to bakers to put the health of Nigerians before money-making.