Brominated vegetable oil

[ Brominated vegetable oil, BVO ]

Triglycerides that have been bonded with the element bromine. Brominated vegetable oil is used as an emulsifier in citrus-flavored soft drinks, preventing the flavouring from separating during distribution and storage.

BVO has been implicated in cases of bromism associated with excessive consumption of BVO-containing soft drinks. While its use has been banned in India, Japan and the European Union, its use as a food additive is still permitted in Canada and the US.

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