E920 L-cysteine and bread

Published: 2013-03-26


be careful of the bread you eat as BBC news yesterday reported that human hair is being used to make bread. I didn't believe myself until I did my own research. Basically human hair, hog hair, duck and chicken feathers are used in strong chemicals to extract a protein and produce E920 otherwise known as L Cystein this helps the bread dough grow faster. China are known to produce this chemical using human and other hair usually from barber shops. The breads that are said to be ok are Kingsmill which are approved by halal food authority and labelled on packet. And Hovis website in their frequently asked questions state that they do not use L Cystein. Check internet for more info do your own research as well
I feel sik ive just thrown our bread away it had E920
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This is either heresay or an opinion of a friend of the blogger viz:

"So how commonly is L-Cysteine used? My vegetarian friend claims that the problem with E920 is that - even when it is used - it doesn't have to be listed in the ingredients. She says that's because it is broken down in the baking process so the manufacturers argue that doesn't constitute an ingredient."

He himself quotes the FSA as follows:

"That is something the Food Standards Agency flatly denies. It says that L-Cysteine must always be labelled. Indeed, the industry says the reason you so rarely see E920 on labels is that these days it is very rarely used (apparently it was much more common fifteen years ago). The industry also says that the only L-Cysteine their members would use is the synthetic variety."

The breadmaking process uses synthetic E920 in the bread making process and not the L-cysteine from Haraam sources.  If anyone believes otherwise, please provide the evidence for the same adn.

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Thank you for your email

I can confirm that all our products are suitable for vegetarians.

In relation to your query regarding L-Cysteine - E920 .  This is a flour treatment agent and the E920 we use is a  man made chemical produced synthetically.  We use it in all our products.

With the exception of milk, butter and eggs I can categorically state that we do not use any ingredients or processing aids at any stage of the baking process that have been derived from animal products, 

I hope this answers your query and that you can continue to enjoy our products

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Allied Bakeries

Allied Bakeries Issue Reference XXXXXX

Dear  Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail we received in regards to our Allinson Bread.

We can absolutely reassure you all of our breads, rolls and bakery products are made only with ingredients suitable for vegetarians. We do not use any ingredients, additives or enzymes sourced from any part of any animal. We do not use the additive referred to in the Channel 5 programme (E920), although we understand that this is produced synthetically and not from feathers.

I hope that we have been of some help to you.

Yours sincerely,
Wendy Davis



Asda Response

Thanks for contacting me about the ingredients in some of our Bread.

I'm sorry after reading a report your now concerned about our products. I can understand your concern, and I'm happy to help clarify your query.

I can confirm that the L-Cysteine we use in all our Asda branded products is synthetic and does not derive from humans or animals.

I appreciate your concern about this as customers should know what they're eating. We want to be as transparent with our customers as we can be. If there are any other products you have any queries over, please contact our Customer Service Team on 0800 952 0101 where they'll be happy to help.

Thanks again for contacting me. I trust I've been able to help. If there is anything else I can help with, please let me know.

Kind regards

Noel Wood
Asda Service Team
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Braces Bread

 hank you for contacting us in regards of your query on our ingredients being Halal. Braces bakery limited appreciates all forms of customer communication and welcomes the opportunity to review the product that you have inquired about.

After researching into all our ingredients, I can confirm that there are no animal oils or fats used in our bread, only vegetable oils and fats. However we do not state that our bread is Halal.

Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for notifying us of this query as it has helped us to investigate into this matter.

Yours Sincerely

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