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- n. An organic chemical, a yellow to orange red, odorless, crystalline powder, used in food industry as a food additive, a flour bleaching agent and improving agent and in foaming plastics.
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Once the chemistry of this change was understood, millers began using bleaching agents azodicarbonamide, peroxide to whiten flours.
However, worries about the potential toxicity of bromate residues in the late 1980s led most millers to replace bromate with ascorbic acid vitamin C or azodicarbonamide.
On the McDonald's website over a dozen ingredients are listed for a Big Mac bun including azodicarbonamide.
I suspect they are talking about the four lines of chemical-sounding ingredients on the label that are categorized under "dough conditioners" - one of which is something called azodicarbonamide.
Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on an azodicarbonamide sesame-seed bun!)