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Subway sandwiches contain shoe rubber ingredient, but not for long

Subway sandwiches contain chemical, but company promises cleaner food "soon"
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Subway sandwich shops have been under fire for using an ingredient in their bread that is banned in the UK, Europe and Australia, but they will soon be changing their ways. According to a report by USA Today on February 5, Vani Hari, who runs had petitioned Subway to remove Azodiacarbonamide, a chemical that is used to increase elasticity in many products, including shoe rubber.

Though Subway has relented and says they are in the process of removing the chemical from their bread-baking process, what may alarm Americans even more than the fact the chemical was in the bread in the first place is that it is a USDA and FDA approved ingredient.

In recent years, more and more Americans have begun to seek out healthier food, including organic and clean eating options. Food is considered healthier when it’s not treated with pesticides, grown with genetically modified organisms, adding man-made chemicals and many other factors. To learn more about organic food, visit To learn more about clean eating, visit or

Americans who are just starting to learn about unhealthy food ingredients or growth processes should keep in mind that food labels should contain only a few, natural ingredients. Chemicals such as the Azodiacarbonamide that Subway has been using should be a red flag to consumers. If the ingredient can’t be pronounced by the average American, it indicates there are artificial ingredients, which could be dangerous, included.

One group that is trying to get the FDA to change its ways and label foods that contain genetically modified organisms, is Interested consumers can find out about initiatives that are underway and add their voices to those who are demanding a change in policy.

As for Subway sandwiches, the company has promised to remove the chemical Azodiacarbonamide “soon,” but until consumers know exactly when that day has come, they might want to eat somewhere else or inquire about the status of this product cleansing process with Subway’s Consumer Affairs.

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