Subway 'yoga mat' chemical in bread to be removed by next week

Dec 19 2017, 10:16 am

Subway is in the final stages of completely removing an ingredient from all of its bread, a chemical that is also used to make yoga mats.

The company saw much negative publicity earlier this year following widespread criticism initiated by a popular American food blogger who launched a petition that went viral to have azodicarbonamide removed from the list of ingredients.

In yoga mats, the chemical is used to create air within the foam and it produces the same airy results in bread. Subway uses it as both a bleaching agent and a dough conditioner.

Azodicarbonamide is banned in the United Kingdom, European Union and Australia. In Singapore, the health hazard of using the chemical is seen as so severe that it can lead to a fine of $450,000 and 15 years in prison if caught. According to a 1999 World Health Organization study, the chemical causes asthma in human beings.

By next week, Subway breads throughout North America will be free of the chemical. However, it is still found in many food products including those served by McDonald’s and Burger King. Those who criticized Subway for using azodicarbonamide took aim at the company’s long-running strategy of marketing their food as an healthy fast food alternative.

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