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Subway will remove suspected carcinogen from bread thanks to Vani Hari

Subway will be removing a suspected carcinogen, azodicarbonamide, from the bread so many enjoy thanks in part to the efforts of Vani Hari, a Charlotte food blogger. Most reading no doubt did not realize that a carcinogen might be in many food products they buy.

Making bread at home is one way to avoid chemicals and additives
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According to details from the Charlotte Observer, a food blogger, Vani Hari, started the movement to have Subway remove azodicarbonamide from the bread it serves customers. For more details about the efforts of this blogger many might want to applaude, visit the Charlotte Observer article.

A CNN report included a few more details readers may want to learn. The follow is shared from that CNN report:

Take a look at ingredients for some varieties of Subway's bread and you'll find a chemical that may seem unfamiliar and hard to pronounce: azodicarbonamide.

To say this word, you would emphasize the syllable "bon" -- but the attention the chemical has been getting has not been good. Besides bread, the chemical is also found in yoga mats and shoe soles to add elasticity.

But it's not long for bread at Subway: The company says it's coming out.

"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," Subway said in a statement. "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon."

Many food ingredients and ingredients in animal feed and products are considered to be carcinogens by consumers. A company will often state what they are using is approved by the FDA or some other group while consumers do not the ingredient in what they purchase.

One of the strongest statements consumers can make is with their purchasing power. Not buying what is thought to be harmful would be the best move.

Perhaps we should applaude Subway for making this effort while give a big thanks to Vani Hari and others like her for pushing to help keep our foods clean.

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