Starbucks said it uses a dough enhancer in cakes sold in its outlets in the Chinese mainland, news website caijing.com.cn reported Tuesday. It said azodicarbonamide, a chemical commonly found in yoga mats, shoe rubber and synthetic leather, is used in the wheat powder for making cakes but insisted the practice complies with State Food and Drug Administration standards. In North America, use of azodicarbonamide is restricted to 0.0045 percent while in China, the maximum limit is 0.045 gram per kilo. The chemical can trigger the growth of cancer cells, some medical sources were quoted as saying.
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