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Subway Pulls Shocking Chemical also Used in Yoga Mats & Shoes

Subway Pulls Shocking Chemical also Used in Yoga Mats & Shoes

Food bloggers and the public alike are celebrating the victory of Vani Hari, founder of After discovering that Subway sandwiches featured an ingredient that was less than deserving of the corporate “Eat Fresh” slogan, she collected over 50,000 signatures demanding that Subway discontinue the use of azodicarbonamide. Subway has announced that it will be discontinuing the use of the chemical currently found in the sandwich-maker’s bread, but is also used in yoga mats, shoe soles and other rubber products elsewhere in the marketplace.

Last year, Vani Hari, founder of, successfully petitioned Kraft to remove the neon orange dye used in its macaroni and cheese.  There has been no word from McDonald’s and other fast food companies that are still using azodicarbonamide in their foods. My blog “Disgusting Ingredients in McDonald’s Burgers” revealed that McDonald’s is also using the potentially-toxic chemical.

Azodicarbonamide is a chemical primarily used in the rubber and plastics industries, as well as in some pesticides.  It is used as a flour-bleaching agent that supposedly makes bread dough easier to work with.  Lengthy exposure to the chemical has been linked to asthma.  The chemical industry’s own safety data sheets show that it “may be toxic to kidneys” and that repeated or prolonged exposure to axodicarbonamide “can produce target organ damage.” Yet, somehow Subway, McDonald’s and other fast food makers have considered it acceptable in their food products.  While these safety data sheets reflect workplace exposures, surely the long-term effects of consuming a chemical from the rubber industry warrants further investigation and should never have been used in the food industry at all.

In a statement to the Associated Press, a Subway representative indicated that “The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon.”  The company hasn’t given a date for which the chemical will be completely removed from its food products.

In an article with CBC News, Vani Hari said, “Their swift action is a testament to what power petitions can have.”

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2:02AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

I was so disappointed to hear this about Subway, since they always advertised their food as being fresh and healthy. Why in the world use chemicals in bread anyway?

10:48PM PDT on May 3, 2014


11:29AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

I posed this question previously and to date have received NO ANSWER. Why was Subway singled out for the use of "azodicarbonamide"; when so many other companies/corporations are using it is 100's of their products? Don and WE CAN! :-))

11:17AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Ty. Repeat: my grandmother told me in the the 1950's to stay away from "processed" . . .that is now the bulk of food supplies. . .very sad and quite terminal. Be prepared keep some food with you at all times. Do not stop for corpo processed foods period. Not that hard if you just put mind to it like all habits...rote repetition works well. As the global community moves into increasingly corporatized oligarchial over-processed collective states of being. . .most people i talk to don't really strive at change. . .they want someone or something to make all the nonsense OK. . .well it's not ok and it never will be. . . Every "little" bit to get the momentum going toward genuine sustainable living helps. One itty-bitty change ... then another...then another...then changing poor habits becomes a habit in itself. The nearest large chain super market(s) in our neighborhood have local organic sustainable products . . .we have sustainable farm trusts...networks of farmers dairies/farms throughout the state...home delivery of natural and organic foods...very low cost growing spaces...roof gardens...etc, etc. . .because the community demands it. . .it's not ideal yet but it' IS strong motion in good directions. . .

“Live simply so that others may simply live.” ―Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Keep trying to do what is necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you're doing the impossible.” ― St. Francis of Assisi

"Do what you can,

7:17PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Thank you!

2:30AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Im glad they are removing it. I eat a lot of subway (but the subway salads without any sauces).

11:57AM PST on Mar 1, 2014 mats

11:18AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

o wow

3:21AM PST on Feb 23, 2014


8:11PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

So i have been eating bad chemicals all the time?

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