Sasko denies pressure from DA

Sasko says they are constantly trying to improve the quality of their bread.

FILE: Sasko says they are constantly trying to improve the quality of their bread. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Bread producer Sasko is adamant the phasing out of a potentially harmful ingredient in its bread has nothing to do with pressure from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The DA's Athol Trollip has accused the company of not disclosing its use of the chemical azodicarbonamide (ADA).

The additive, which makes bread whiter, softer and improves it shelve life, is also used to make rubber shoes and yoga mats more pliable.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), ADA is known to cause respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies and skin problems.

Sasko's Lulu Khumalo says, "We can't really comment about that issue of it being potentially harmful. We've never been approached by anyone who made a demand or request to say please remove this Pioneer Foods. But it was not so much in response to that as much as it was about the improvement of the quality of our bread."