One week left to eat a Subway ‘yoga mat' sandwich - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

One week left to eat a Subway ‘yoga mat' sandwich

Posted: Updated:
BY BEN POPKEN, NBC News

(NBC News) - No longer will customers feel the urge to say "Namaste" upon whiffing the odor of a freshly baked Subway sandwich loaf. The chain told The Associated Press that it will completely phase out the azodicarbonamide from its bread by next week, an ingredient that drew a storm of criticism after a food activist launched a petition pointing out that the chemical is also used in yoga mats.

While banned in Europe for its link to respiratory illnesses when it is manufactured or handled in raw form, and in other countries because when broken down it forms a chemical considered to be carcinogenic in mice, the ingredient is approved by the FDA and used by other chains, including McDonald's, Wendy's, Dunkin' Donuts and the breads of some supermarket chains.

In industrial settings it's also used in shoe soles and yoga mats as a way to turn liquid chemicals into spongy foam.

The chain said it had already started removing the chemical from its supply chain in 2013, a year prior to the online petition's launch in February, which garnered over 96,000 signatures and national media coverage.

Subway said the information in the AP report was accurate. In a press release earlier this year it said, "Azodicarbonamide is a safe ingredient used in baked goods that helps condition dough to make it more stable so the desired texture and volume can be achieved. It is an extremely common and acceptable ingredient that is found in the breads of most chains."

The explanation doesn't work for Vani Hari, the food activist who started the petition.

"A small amount of azodicarbonamide might not do anything. But what if you eat three sandwiches a day, or five a week or ten a month?" she said. "The FDA is allowing thousands of chemicals in our food that haven't been tested in three decades and we don't know their cumulative effect."

Despite her campaign's success, she said she has no plans to celebrate with an azodicarbonamide-free Subway sandwich, citing her concerns over other processed chemicals the loaves still contain.

"It takes five ingredients to make bread. When they start doing that, that's when I'll start eating there again," said Hari.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

    Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 3:56 AM EDT2018-04-24 07:56:11 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:01 PM EDT2018-04-24 21:01:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Kevin D. Liles, File). FILE - In this March 7, 2017, file photo, the CEO of a methadone clinic holds a 35 mg liquid dose of methadone in Rossville, Ga. The drug is the oldest and most effective of approved medications used to treat opioid add...(AP Photo/Kevin D. Liles, File). FILE - In this March 7, 2017, file photo, the CEO of a methadone clinic holds a 35 mg liquid dose of methadone in Rossville, Ga. The drug is the oldest and most effective of approved medications used to treat opioid add...
    Opioid overdoses killed 1,354 Americans ages 65 and older in 2016, but Medicare doesn't cover the oldest proven treatment for opioid addiction: methadone.More
    Opioid overdoses killed 1,354 Americans ages 65 and older in 2016, but Medicare doesn't cover the oldest proven treatment for opioid addiction: methadone.More
  • For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:46 AM EDT2018-04-24 09:46:06 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:52 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:52:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...
    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.More
    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.More
  • UPDATE: Woodmore bus driver sentenced to 4 years

    UPDATE: Woodmore bus driver sentenced to 4 years

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 4:49 PM EDT2018-04-24 20:49:24 GMT
    Johnthony Walker testifies in court Wednesday. WRCBtv.com photoJohnthony Walker testifies in court Wednesday. WRCBtv.com photo

    It was an emotional day in court as a judge sentenced the driver in the deadly Woodmore bus crash. 

    More

    It was an emotional day in court as a judge sentenced the driver in the deadly Woodmore bus crash. 

    More
Powered by Frankly