A recent disturbing awareness about the subway sandwich franchise has swept through Facebook and Twitter, exposing its use of a harmful chemical in its bread. In North American franchises, Subway's bread is prepared with Azodicarbonamide, a chemical that is also used to make rubbery products such as yoga matts, and other things that you shouldn’t be chewing on, let alone eating. Azodicarbonamide, is a food additive that is used to strengthen and bleach dough during preparation. Although it is allowed at levels up to 45 ppm (parts per million) in the United States, it is banned in Britain, Europe and Australia. Heck, in Singapore it is punishable by 15 years in prison and a fine of $450,000. That’s pretty serious stuff. Probably because consumption of the additive has been linked to respiratory issues and asthma. The campaign was started by healthy eating and living website foodbabe.com. Spreading the message with the hashtag #NoWaySubway, the demand to have the chain remove the chemical from the bread has reached the masses. With fifty-five thousand petition signatures and counting, hopefully the endeavour will reach the right people who can make this change happen. Below is one of the shared images that has swept its way across social networks. You can sign the petition and join the movement at foodbabe.com/subway. UPDATE Subway has heard the demand for the removal of the chemical and have issued a statement that they will follow through... soon.
"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."The real question is when? Keep your ear to the ground for more updates.