Uses: Oxidised Starch is used as a thickener, vegetable gum which may be bleached withsodium hypochlorite(one of a choice), which is dangerous to asthmatics. Used in baby food, jelly type sweets, wine gums, batter mixes - wide range of foods.
With the addition of chlorine, this type of starch is regarded as unsafe, and can cause caustic burns. Chlorine itself is highly toxic and has been shown to have various level of carcinogens, causing some serious cancers.
Description: Oxidised Starch is prepared by treating starch or starch granules with bleaching agents, especially chlorinated bleach. The starch is partially degraded and oxidised.
They are prepared by physically, enzymatically, or chemically treating native starch, thereby changing the properties of the starch.
Modified starches are used in practically all starch applications, such as in food products as a thickening agent, stabilizer or emulsifier; in pharmaceuticals as a disintegrant; as binder in coated paper.
They are also used in many other applications. (Wiki)