National sandwich maker Subway, who markets itself as a healthy alternative to fast food, announced this week it will remove the chemical azodicarbonamide from its sandwich bread — the chemical used for making yoga mats and tennis shoes. Azodicarbonamide, says Subway, is used as a “dough conditioner” in the bread, and is also used to make shoe rubber.
An online petition asking Subway to find a healthier ingredient picked up steam and got the company’s notice, noting that Subway does not add the chemical to bread in Europe or Australia at all.
The petition, started by FoodBabe creator Vani Hari, an activist who has targeted other fast food companies for the chemicals they add to food, has picked up about 60,000 before Subway noticed it. On the petition Hari says “if Subway changes their Bread[sic], we know this could inspire other food companies across the US to finally eliminate this dangerous chemical once and for all.”
Subway said they already had plans to remove the chemical and that the petition played no part in their decision, but no definite date has been given for removal of the chemical.
Subway’s Facebook page is filled with comments demanding the removal of the “yoga mat” chemical.
Subway, which is privately held, has more than 41,000 locations worldwide. It is based in Milford, Conn.
Watch Vani Hari of FoodBabe explain why Subway is definitely not “eating fresh”.