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.
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.
However, the health risks associated with the consumption of azodicarbonamide are major constraining factors for the growth of azodicarbonamide global market.
On the basis of type, the azodicarbonamide global market is segmented as industrial quality and food quality.
On the basis of formation, the azodicarbonamide global market is segmented as semicarbazide (SEM) and ethylcarbamate (urethane).
On the basis of application type, the azodicarbonamide global market is segmented as blowing agent, plastic additive, food additive, flour bleaching agent and improving agent.
On the basis of geographic segmentation, the azodicarbonamideglobal market spans North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific excluding Japan, Middle-East & Africa. North America dominates the market share and is expected to have reached saturation point which in turn results in lower growth rate over the forecast period.
Azodicarbonamide market is mainly dominated by APEJ regions, Middle-East and Africa & are expected to be fastest growing market during the forecast period.
A petition was filed by blogger against subway, saying that it has been using azodicarbonamide to prepare breada food additive that is found in yoga mats and shoe rubber. Since, then the company has decided to remove azodicarbonamide, under the hashtag #nowaysubway.
But a Subway representative exclaimed that it has already decided to remove azodicarbonamide before the petition. In a statement, the representatives also claimed that though the product was USDA & FDA approved the complete removal process would be done soon, owing to possibilities of health issues.
The key players in the azodicarbonamide global market include Kum Yang Co., Ltd.,Otsuka Chemical,Honeywell International, Weifang Yaxing Chemical Co., Ltd., Ajanta Chemical Industries, JingJiang Hangsun Plastic Additives Co.Ltd,Abtonsmart Chemicals (Group)Co.Ltd., Jiangxi Selon Industrial Stock etc.
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