Subway Removing Bread Chemical After Petition
Blogger called attention to Azodiacarbonamide
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2014 7:29 PM CST
File photo of a Subway sandwich.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – Score one for the Food Babe. After the food blogger—real name Vani Hari—launched an online petition calling on Subway to remove a chemical called Azodiacarbonamide from its bread, the chain has announced that it is doing just that, reports USA Today. Azodiacarbonamide, used to make dough more elastic, is legal in the US but is banned in Europe and Australia, reports ABC News. The World Health Organization links it to respiratory ailments and asthma.

"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," says a company statement. "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon." Hari commends the decision but recommends that people steer clear until the process is complete. She launched the petition after Michelle Obama praised the company for its kids' menu.

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Lou Bernardo
Feb 8, 2014 11:11 PM CST
Everything made today called foood has a long list of crap in it. Try to read the ingredients listed on a product and you really can't pronounce most of them. Even table salt has something added to it (other than iodine) to make it flow.
Ben_Ghazi1
Feb 6, 2014 10:44 AM CST
What does Osha, Niosh or the EPA say about this chemical?At what levels is it toxic? The dose is the poison. Botox will kill you yet people inject it into their faces. Our cars spew carbon monoxide yet we manage to live through it. Someone shouts some hysterical crap without any data and the low infos loose their minds.
Patricia Rodriguez
Feb 6, 2014 9:51 AM CST
After reading about Subway I started looking at the ingredients in the bread products I have at home. Guess what the same chemical is in all bread and even muffins. So until Law Makers force the USDA to take this chemical out of products we consume on a daily basis . No wonder people are more sick and getting Cancer compaired to our Grandparents and Great Grandparents the crap they use are killing us.