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Azodicarbonamide: Subway to take potentially harmful chemical out of bread

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Azodicarbonamide is a chemical that is used in Subway sandwich shops’ bread. The chemical has been found to be in more products than just Subway’s bread. It is also used in shoe soles and yoga mats to make the materials more elastic, according to a CNN report on Thursday.

After the spotlight has hit the ingredient azodicarbonamide in Subway’s bread products, it is reportedly going to be taken out of their bread products.

Subway stated that they are in the process of removing azodicarbonamide as part of their bread improvement efforts. However, they assert that the ingredient is USDA and FDA approved. Though they didn’t state a specific date when the chemical will be totally out of its products, they claim that the chemical ingredient will be out of their bread soon.

Breakdown products from azodicarbonamide include urethane and semicarbazide, the latter of which is a negligible risk to humans – having caused lung and blood vessel cancers in mice, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

McDonald’s reportedly uses the dough conditioning chemical in its McRib buns. Starbucks and Arby’s have been said to have used the chemical as well. CSPI would like the chemical kept out of bread products.

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