Subway :: Will Remove Plastic – Azodicarbonamide – From Bread – What About Other Food Companies?

Subway will be spending $41,000,000 on their “Eat Fresh” ad campaign over three years, partnering with Michele Obama, “to  encourage them to eat more food that doesn’t come from a box” the First Lady stated. But thanks to Vani Hari at, we have just learned that a dangerous plastic and carcinogen – azodicarbonamide – was one of their ingredients in their so called bread. Evil. Disgusting. Incomprehensible. 

Michelle Obama, Nastia LiukinFamous Fans Justin Tuck, second from right, and Nastia Liukin, right, work behind the counter to serve up Fresh Fit sandwiches to First Lady Michelle Obama and local area children on, Thursday, January 23, 2014, during an event in Washington, D.C., to announce SUBWAY Restaurants a recent recognition by the Partnership for A Healthier America. Also pictured at left is Jared Fogle “The Subway Guy”, and famous fan Michael Phelps, second from left. (Nick Wass/Subway/AP Images)

According to, azodicarbonamide is the same chemical used to make yoga mats, shoe soles, and other rubbery objects. It’s not supposed to be food or even eaten for that matter. And it’s definitely not “fresh”.

Subway is using this ingredient as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner which allows them to produce bread faster and cheaper without regard to the following health consequences and alarming facts:

Screen shot 2014-02-07 at 3.44.57 AMAs a result of the extensive media exposure, and response to the petition, Subway agreed to remove this toxic chemical but they didn’t say when.

Azodicarbonamide—banned from use in food in Europe and Australia—is used in the U.S. in Subway’s 9-grain wheat bread, Italian bread, and sourdough bread [PDF]. In Canada it’s in deli-style rolls and Italian bread [PDF]. It can also be found in buns at other restaurant chains and in some grocery aisle breads.

Two suspicious chemicals form when bread with azodicarbonamide is baked, according to nonprofit advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest: urethane, a recognized carcinogen, and semicarbazide, which causes cancers of the lung and blood vessels in mice, but poses a negligible risk to humans. In a statement on Tuesday, the organization urged the FDA to consider banning the ingredient.

“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,” Subway said in an e-mailed statement.

This is a start but what about the other fast food companies?

Friends, it is critical for us to be diligent and know what we are actually putting into our bodies. Behind corporate doors, the spirit of greed, sinister agendas, and evil lurk. Yes, it is true. This story is just another proof.


Independent Purchasing Cooperative

IPC is an independent SUBWAY® franchisee-owned and operated purchasing cooperative. IPC negotiates the lowest cost for goods and services, while improving quality, enhancing competitiveness and ensuring the best value to SUBWAY® restaurants and their customers. Moreover, IPC is committed to delivering returns to its members year after year. By organizing as a cooperative, the business initiatives are set by the owner members and is benchmarked by the active participation of an elected Board of Directors.

The IPC Board of Directors represent the interests of North American SUBWAY franchisees and provide strategic direction to the IPC Management Team.

Here is a list of the 2013 Board of Directors. Shame on them. 


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