Subway has successfully marketed itself as the healthier fast food alternative for the past several years. Critics, however, have been questioning the chain’s nutrition values after it was revealed that a chemical used in the bread is also used in shoe rubber and yoga mats.
A few days ago Vani Hari, food blogger and creator of Food Babe, released an article detailing facts about azodicarbonamide, a chemical used in Subway’s bread. Hari launched a petition for Subway to rid its bread of the chemical, which she claims has been “linked to respiratory issues, allergies and asthma.”
After receiving a flood of inquiries regarding the chemical on social media platforms, Subway responded to Hari’s article.
“The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon,” Subway representatives wrote in a statement, according to NBC News.
The company, however, claims that they were in the process of changing their bread recipe before Hari launched her article.
According to KRON 4, Subway has 39,000 locations worldwide. Only the Subway locations in the United States, however, use azodicarbonamide. The chemical is banned as a food additive in several other countries, including throughout the UK and the EU.
The safety of azodicarbonamide is disputed, but Subway is likely taking a step in the right direction by attempting to give their customers a healthier experience.