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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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ebor794104 February 06 2014 at 6:42 AM

I hope that add some crispness to their bread.I stopped going there as the bread is like mush.

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toddisit February 06 2014 at 10:08 AM

No surprise, their bread isn't the best. I like Subway to a certain point, has the processed feel for sure.

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cindyde February 06 2014 at 1:16 PM

wow no surprise there! the subway six inch sandwich I bought last time may be my last it was disgusting and the meat looked old for ******* $7.73 what a waste! I also find that all the subways I've gone to have a sadness to the place I just can't put a finger on it but it just makes me feel sad =/

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bettyakinney February 06 2014 at 10:19 AM

Switched to SaraLee Whole wheat for exactly that reason about a year ago. Stay healthy!

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Alex bettyakinney February 06 2014 at 12:30 PM

And remember - 12 grain doesn't mean 12 WHOLE grains. Read the labels people1!!!

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Loren February 06 2014 at 10:21 AM

I have to be gluten free so I eat their salads occasionally

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Robert & Lisa February 06 2014 at 7:27 PM

Many people in America don't eat well. It is probably the #1 reason for many people's bad health.

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frtune200 February 06 2014 at 1:15 PM

We are consumers, Subway is a producer. Only some of us go to a higher level of education, in the sciences. Subway hires food scientists to figure out both food safety and quality. Do these employees let their family's ingest this poison too. If they keep their jobs because they are able to squeeze out a profit for their company, instead of making sure that the food is safe to eat for consumers, then the scientists are also involved in either a cover-up or a conspiracy, at our expense, to make their employer a profit in order to keep their jobs, instead of keeping us safe. SUE THEM ALL! That is how to stop CANCER! Hit them where it hurts the most. In their pockets.

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savannahswithgod frtune200 February 06 2014 at 1:25 PM

My Education is done, the Lord was here in 2005, 'call him Lord'. I know the healthy tasting Hostess cupcakes and the Healthy soup from Campbells is sad. Hopefully Subway does not develop that in their bread or it will be sad too. Wendies has done their fries in too! I just don't know why science doesn't take dirt and put flavoring in it. I would think all the plastic and paper products we drink out of will be enough to get us all in the end.

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dagostep2 February 06 2014 at 1:13 PM

no more FLUBBER in subway bread

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rene February 06 2014 at 11:12 AM

It is time to go back to Eden. Growing our own foods, you know what's in them.
Thanks for the enlightenment on Subway.

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WanDa rene February 06 2014 at 12:14 PM

Been doing that since we had children..starting back in '77..back then our children knew what high fructose corn syrup was..as well als GMOs..and that I would not buy anything with or from them in it..among many other things..luckily, my hubby has always had an organic garden for us to eat fresh foods from since then..and altho we have no children at home..as they are grown and gone..they still eat wayy more healthfully than their peers..they don't eat sugar products or items..and they eat lotsa veggies..which they love..oh, yes..and they still take their daily multi-vits..

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dhr62 rene February 06 2014 at 12:15 PM

Even if we grow our own food, the ground is polluted and so is the water we drink and will use to water the plants

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