As a part of on-going effort to improve its recipes Subway proclaimed that it will be removing a harmful chemical Azodicarbonamide. Popular food blogger Vani Hari, who runs FoodBabe.com deserves credit for launching a petition this week urging Subway to stop using the chemical which is banned all over the globe.
Azodicarbonamide is a yellow crystalline bleaching chemical most commonly used in production of foamed plastics such as yoga mats, shoe soles and other objects. In the UK, the bleaching chemical has been classified as a substance that can cause asthma and other respiratory issues when used in an industrial setting. In Singapore, a hefty fine of $45,000 and up to 15years of prison is imposed upon the product users. It is also linked to tumor development and cancer when heated. However, the chemical is most commonly used in frozen dinners and bread products to improve elasticity.
In the largest petition targeting Subway, Vani Hari affirmed that she aimed on Subway due to its projected healthier meal options image. From several Olympic athletes to The First Lady Michelle Obama, Subway has always been supported for its allegedly fresh and healthier meals. Vani has also targeted Kraft, Chick-fil-A and other companies for using chemicals in their products.
In a statement the company said that they were already in the process of removing Azodicarbonamide as a part of improving bread efforts despite the fact that it is FDA and USDA approved. According to the FDA, the chemical is approved to be a bleaching agent in cereal flour and is permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption.