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Subway says it's removing chemical from bread

'Eat Rubber?' Subway To Remove Yoga Mat Chemical In Bread

NEW YORK (AP) -- Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes.

The announcement comes after a popular food blogger launched a petition this week asking the sandwich chain to stop using the ingredient, called azodicarbonamide. A representative for Subway says the change was underway before the petition was launched, but did not immediately provide details on when it started or when it would be complete.

"The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon," Subway said in a statement, without providing further details.

Vani Hari, who runs FoodBabe.com, has targeted other food companies including Kraft and Chick-fil-A for the chemicals in their products.

In the latest petition targeting Subway, Hari noted that the azodicarbonamide used in its bread "as a bleaching agent" is also used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber. The petition noted that Subway doesn't use the ingredient in its breads in Europe, Australia or other parts of the world.

Although the ingredient is used in other food products, Hari said she focused on Subway because of the healthy image it tries to project. Subway has endorsement deals with Olympic athletes.


"This is not eating fresh!" Hari's petition said.

On Tuesday, Subway's Facebook page was filled with comments regarding the chemical.

As Americans pay closer attention to what they eat, food companies have worked to market their products as natural. But companies have also come under growing pressure to remove chemicals people find questionable. That pressure has been heightened by consumers' ability to voice and share their concerns online. Last year, for instance, PepsiCo said it would remove an ingredient that had been linked to a flame retardant from its Gatorade drinks.

PepsiCo also said its decision was not a response to an online petition that had called for it to remove the ingredient.

Subway, which is privately held, says it has more than 41,000 locations worldwide. It is based in Milford, Conn.

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tug33 February 07 2014 at 7:44 AM

Many of you have dragged tobacco into the discussion . Stop with the tobacco is unhealthy already . We all know that it is . We want to know the hidden truths , like why does half the world reject our grain , meat , vegtable and fruit products ? What is the truths about hormones and radiation and gene additions to our food supply ? Why are strawberries and grapes and other foods so giant size . heads of lettuce and cabbage are enormous ,cantalopes and honey dews hardly fit in the fridge anymore etc, etc, etc, . PLEASE TELL US WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON !

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olympictorchrun4 February 07 2014 at 6:45 AM

Why was the chemical azodicarbonamide used in the first place? Not just the bread, all sandwich products are processed food who are laced with chemicals. In order to eat healthier, do not buy or consume processed food. Read the ingredient list.

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Cher February 07 2014 at 6:32 AM

Maybe they could take a look at that grey meat they sell next. I love Subway, but only eat the veggie sub or the tuna; the look of that pre-cut disgusting looking meat packs grosses me out

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tren555 February 07 2014 at 6:27 AM

BS !
I was there for bread ! Lomng time ago.
Americans are very stupid about food ! That's why we have so many problems .
This bread is just fine. Just don't put, FDA " approved " medicine in your mouth ! If you want something good. Never go to a medical doctor ( I did all my life and I'm healthy like a polar bear )
About this activists .... We have a communty organizer as President. Just talk ! Big Talk !
This chemical is just fine !

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Handsome February 07 2014 at 6:25 AM

We, in the United States have seen a great increase in Gluten allergies in the last 10 years. Which has a direct correlation with the increase in use of chemicals like Azodicarbonamide and the unavoidable Genetically Modified grains. Those minor ailments that you never experienced as a child but now suffer from are the symptoms of this poisoning of our population. It is amazing how the vast majority of the rest of the world has governments that protect them from this harm, but our governments only concern is the financial well being of corporations like Monsanto, Dow, ADM, Con Agra and the like. We had a very reliable and stable grain economy. We were the bread basket to the world. But these corporations can not control the market place with non patented product. Thus we are burdened with inferior product, and those farmers who attempted to avoid their dominance were and are sued into submission. I am not an anti-corporation fanatic, but actions like these companies have practiced certainly make me question all of Wall Streets actions. (Yes, I know, the banking/investment industry is obviously corrupt).

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dollars4deals February 07 2014 at 6:23 AM

I love Subway. If it weren't for them, I would have died long ago. I can find them anywhere with my eyes closed.. (Nostrils flaring...snort...snort ) . Maybe 'You deserve a break today', but I'll stick with a winner. Subway will make things right real soon.

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don and cathy February 07 2014 at 6:09 AM

We are so disappointed in your company. Why does someone have to advise you to stop using a dangerous chemical in your bread. It tells me that you don't think a lot about your customers. My family will no longer eat at a subway again. Money is all that matters to Subway.

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dabneybonita February 07 2014 at 5:26 AM

If it weren't for subway alot of poor people wouldn't even eat.As for nasty I've only been in clean ones. Bland it can be.FDA had approve all ingredients they have been using.So you wanted Bash start there.If you don't like and have deep pockets go to aplace for Boar's head its Great but cost a lot more.
Thank you subway a lots of us love sandwiches and prices.

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moody2night February 07 2014 at 4:21 AM

Subway is nasty and I hate the smell of fermented, decaying veqqies when it comes to a real sub sandwich there are a lot of much better places to get them and they taste good not bland.

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andrearummery February 07 2014 at 4:17 AM

Supply and demand. If you purchase food with these ingredients, they will continue to produce them. If you boycott foods that contain additives, there is no market for them, and these companies must conform or go out of business. Most conventional bread contains Azodicarbonamide, and this is only one of many harmful additives in Subway food. Studies were released in the late 1980's proving a connection between nitrates and leukemia. All of Subway's meat contains nitrates.

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