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Under great pressure, Subway Sandwiches will stop using - 'special ingredient'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
February 9th, 2014
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It took awhile, but news about Subway Sandwiches will cease using a most unappetizing "special ingredient" in its bread. Said ingredient, called azodicarbonamide, is commonly used in the production of both plastics and rubber.



LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration permits azodicarbonamide for use -- in restricted amounts, to strengthen dough and to increase the shelf life of bread. The chemical is also used as a bleaching ingredient in cereal flour.

After a widely circulated petition launched this month, Subway Sandwiches announced last week that it will stop using the additive -- but did not say when.

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The chemical azodicarbonamide has been banned from use in food in Europe and Australia. The chemical is used in the U.S. in Subway's 9-grain wheat bread, Italian bread, and sourdough bread. It's in deli-style rolls and Italian bread in Canada. It can also be found in buns at other restaurant chains and in some grocery aisle breads.

Internet talk about the use of the additive in food grew in 2011. On the Web site FoodBabe.com, Vani Hari started a petition asking Subway to remove azodicarbonamide from its breads. Hari's petition garnered more than 66,000 signatures. The company said it was working on reformulating the recipe before the petition was launched.

According to nonprofit advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, there are two suspicious byproducts produced by the use of the chemical. Urethane, a recognized carcinogen and semicarbazide, which causes cancers of the lung and blood vessels in mice, but poses a negligible risk to humans. The organization urged the FDA to consider banning the ingredient last week.

In its industrial form for use in plastic and rubber, azodicarbonamide is associated with asthma and other allergic reactions.

"We are already in the process of removing azodicarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is a USDA and FDA approved ingredient. The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon," Subway said in a statement.

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