FOOD CHEMICALS: Fast Food Giant Subway to Remove Potentially Dangerous Food Chemical “Azodicarbonamide” from Bread
The world’s biggest sandwich chain says it’s in the process of removing the chemical known as Azodiacarbonamide from its sandwich breads…
"We are already in the process of removing Azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is USDA and FDA approved ingredient," the company says in a statement. "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon."Fresh baked bread — and the perception of better-for you offerings —is a major deal to Subway. It’s one of the chain’s central selling points…
Scientific animal studies on the byproduct urethane (a carcinogen) of this additive indicate a potential risk to humans; evidence of ethyl carbamate formation (a Group 2B carcinogen according to the International Agency on Cancer (IARC)) occurs in consumer food products (such as bread and beer) following the addition of azodicarbonamide. Additionally, this additive was found to induce asthma and skin sensitization in occupational settings according to a report released by the World Health Organization, but human studies on ingestion of this chemical as a food additive are needed.
This additive has been banned in some countries.