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Lesaffre confirms yeast products free of ADA and potassium bromate


February 20, 2014
By Bakers Journal

Feb. 20, 2014, WI – Amid recent concerns regarding the use
of azodicarbonamide (ADA) and potassium bromate as flour and dough strengtheners,
Lesaffre North America announced that all its products are free of both. The
concerns around ADA and potassium bromate stem from links to causing cancer in
laboratory animals.

“The safety and quality of our products will always be our
number one priority,” said John Riesch, president of Lesaffre Yeast Corp. and
Red Star Yeast Company, in a press release. “We feel it’s our responsibility to
make sure bakers not only know our products are safe, but know the risks and
presence of dangerous additives, like ADA, in order to ensure and promote the
safety of their products as well.”

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In the interest of product quality and safety, most recently
the company took steps to ensure its yeast products were gluten-free to better
serve bakers and companies in the growing gluten-free product market.

In addition, Lesaffre’s Red Star yeast
manufacturing plants are BRC certified. Its “A” grade certifies the plants meet
all food safety and quality management requirements.