A food blogger named Vani Hari, gained close to 60,000 signatures on an online petition to have Subway remove a chemical from their bread. The chemical, azodiacarbonamide is used in the bread and it is the same chemical that can be found in yoga mats and the soles of shoes. Pretty gross right? Subway did release a statement saying they did not remove the chemical because of Hari's petition, they were already in the process of doing it beforehand --
"We are already in the process of removing azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is USDA and FDA approved ingredient. The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon."
Subway has used the chemical as a way to whiten the dough and make it bake faster. The chemical has already been banned in the UK, Austrailla, and Europe because they say it is linked to some respiratory issues like asthma. It is still legal here in the U.S. but hopefully that will change soon. We shouldn't be putting stuff like that into our bodies. That really is not 'Eating Fresh' now is it?
I love Subway just as much as the next guy, but hearing this chemical is still in their bread makes me not want to eat it until they get it out for good. All they said is it will be out soon, but have not yet said how soon that will be.