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11 February 2014

Subway restaurants to remove chemical from bread

A chemical called azodicarbonamide will be removed from bread used in Subway sandwich shops, according to the company.

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A chemical called azodicarbonamide will be removed from bread used in Subway sandwich shops, according to the company.

This week, popular food blogger Vani Hari started a petition asking Subway to stop using the ingredient. The operator of FoodBabe.com said Subway uses azodicarbonamide in its bread "as a bleaching agent", and noted that the chemical is also used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber, the Associated Press reported.

A complete conversion

The chemical was being phased out before the petition was launched, according to Subway, which did not specify when the change began or would be finished.

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

John Mutembo, Development and office assistant at Subway Sub Sahara and Southern Africa says he confirmed with the R&D team and with their bread supplier that this ingredient is not present in South African bread.

“However, while it is fully approved by relevant government authorities in the USA, this particular ingredient is already in the process of being removed from US bread,” he added.

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