Azodicarbonamide is a chemical compound which ranges in color from yellow to orange red, odorless by nature and is in form of crystalline powder. It is extensively used as a blowing agent, food additive and a foaming agent. It is basically used in rubber and plastic products such as yoga mats. Thus, it is commercially practiced by bakers as a whitening conditioner for bread dough.
As a blowing agent, it is used in plastics, synthetics leather, and other industries. Pure azodicarbonamide usually reacts approximately around 200 °C. While using it for plastics, leather and other utilities it contains additives that strengthen the reaction or react at lower temperatures. As a food additive, it is used as a flour bleaching agent and a dough conditioner. As an oxidizing agent, it reacts with moist flour. The secondary reaction products include semicarbazide and ethyl carbamate.
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Azodicarbonamide made the news when FDA recommended it as a food additive but there are unclear specifications for bread manufacturers to give them GRAS certification, “Generally Recognized as Safe” as well there’s no regulation on mentioning azodicarbonamide in the ingredient list on bread packaging.
The driving factors for the growth of azodicarbonamide market include demand for quality products of plastic and rubber parts for daily usage. It serves multipurpose for chemical industry by playing a pivotal role in strengthening, softening and bringing elasticity to the product it is mixed with. Significantly, it is used in production of foam based plastics such as toys, sports shoes, shoe soles, floor mats etc.
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