Subway To Remove Yoga Mat Chemical From Bread

subway-cup-and-subAccording to ABCNews, Subway has stated that it will stop using azodiacarbonamide, a chemical used in the production of foamed plastics like yoga mats and shoe rubber, in its bread.

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The announcement comes after a popular food blogger launched a petition this week asking the sandwich chain to stop using the ingredient, called azodicarbonamide. A representative for Subway says the change was underway before the petition was launched, but did not immediately provide details on when it started or when it would be complete.

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“The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon,” Subway said in a statement, without providing further details.

Subway was using the ingredient as a bread conditioner, to whiten the dough and allow bread to bake faster.

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Interestingly, the ingredient has been banned in the UK, Europe and Australia, where regulators say it may be linked to respiratory issues such as asthma.