Subway Retreats

Subway announces it will stop using an additive, azodicarbonamide, because of a campaign by the Food Babe.Azodicarbonamide is used as a bleaching agent and rising enhancer in some of Subway’s breads.  On heating (baking) it decomposes to mostly biurea.  The campaign against azodicarobnamide is based on the chemical can be an inhalation sensitizer.  The campaign uses red herrings that azodicarbonamide is used in the manufacture of non-food items.  So, what?  This is a case of chemophobia and food paranoia.   I can’t quite understand the reason for getting starting this campaign.  However, I can understand Subway’s retreat.  Why put up with bad press?  What’s next?

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5 responses to “Subway Retreats

  1. What’s next? gluten free, fair trade, organic, no GM ingredients {which would eliminate all food} windmill energy to cook the bagel, etc, etc…………common sense is missing.

  2. The problem is that no organized group of people ever pickets a manufacturer to get the evil chemical of the day put back in. 90+% of subway patrons couldn’t care less whether the chemical is there or not. Subway won’t lose sales for taking the chemical out so why risk lost sales for leaving it in. The only probable down side is an increase in price that very few people will associate with this decision. The chemophobe movement will never go away without an equally passionate pro chemical movement to oppose them. Sadly, I doubt that will ever happen.

  3. Thomas C. Brown

    Having worked in FDA’s Div. of Food and Color Additives for 22 years and as a consultant for the next 10 years, I can tell you exactly how many people became ill from the use of azodicarbonamide between 1938 (no records before this) and 2004, Exactly zero. Nothing in FDA files, or in any health agency data. There would have been an FDA Consumer Safety Officer there immediately if there had been any report.

    The chemical haters have yet to reconcile the fact that all tings are made up of chemicals (including them). They are absolutely wrong about this chemical being a plastic component used in food. Sorry, but food use came first. Given the recent FDA absurdities like delisting BPA bottles (don’t think they ever actually regulated for use to begin with as they were considered housewares) a decision that would never stand up to court challenge, they will likely capitulate to the press and Congress, wait till it is no longer used and then delist that use.

    T. Brown

  4. Table salt is also a sensitizer – for taste – and is used in the manufacture of a lot of non-food products. The same can be said of potable water.

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