Sasko planned to withdraw ‘yoga mat’

The harmful ingredient is also said to be used to make rubber shoes and yoga mats more pliable.

FILE: The harmful ingredient used in bread is said to be used to make rubber shoes and yoga mats more pliable. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A potentially harmful ingredient used in its bread was always going to phase out, Sasko said on Friday.

'Yoga mat', which contains the chemical azodicarbonamide (ADA), is a chemical foaming agent said to cause respiratory problems and skin allergies.

The harmful ingredient is also said to be used to make rubber shoes and yoga mats more pliable.

Through legislation, the chemical has been permitted to be used in concentrations of less than 45 parts per million.

The bread manufacturer now says the company always wanted to withdraw 'yoga mat' from their ingredient list, even before the Democratic Alliance (DA) raised health concerns.

Earlier this week, the DA's Athol Trollip said the party was outraged because Sasko did not disclose the potentially harmful ingredient.