Eating Fresh? Subway Will Remove Controversial Chemical From Bread

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Subway has been hailed as a fast food company that is a gold mine even for health-conscious consumers. Just last week, Michelle Obama ate lunch at the restaurant before hosting a press conference at a Subway in Washington, D.C., recognizing the chain for joining her healthy eating initiative and agreeing to add nutritious foods to its kids menu. But recent news surrounding Subway still isn’t all good, although soon, the company pledges that it will be.

According to CNN, Subway responded to its consumers’ concerns this week when it promised that it would remove a chemical from its breads that is used by commercial bakers for the purpose of strengthening dough. Azodiacarbonamide is not only a dough conditioner, it is also a chemical used to increase elasticity in everything from yoga mats to shoe rubber to synthetic leather, and though it is a USDA and FDA approved ingredient, Subway lovers want it removed. Azodiacarbonamide is banned in the UK, Europe, and Australia.

CNN reports that the Center for Science in the Public interest has long advocated for reducing the amount of chemical that is allowed to be used in the U.S., as the agency argues that the controversial chemical has been poorly tested; however, it was food blogger Van Hari, of the popular food blog, Food Babe, who successfully drew significant attention to the issue when she first starting talking about Subway’s potentially harmful ingredients in 2012.

This week, Hari launched a petition urging Subway to stop using azodiacarbonamide, amassing more than 67,000 signatures, and Subway responded to the petition with the statement, “We are already in the process of removing azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is a USDA and FDA approved ingredient. The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon.”

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