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Subway to Remove Yoga Mat Chemical from Its Bread

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Sandwich chain Subway is working towards making its bread without using azodicarbonamide, a chemical that's used to make shoe soles and yoga mats. ABC News quotes a statement from Subway: "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon."

News of the recipe change follows a a petition created by blogger/activist Vani Hari launched this week which, as of publishing, has over 65,000 signatures. The petition calls out Subway for making its breads in Europe and Australia without azodicarbonamide (the chemical is banned there), saying it's "definitely not 'fresh.'" Subway claims they were already in process of removing the chemical as "part of our bread improvement efforts" before the petition started. The petition follows Subway's recent announcement of a partnership with the First Lady's Let's Move initiative. Check out Hari's video below for more on why she is protesting Subway's use of azodicarbonamide:

Video: Subway: Stop Using Dangerous Chemicals In Your Bread

· Subway Takes Chemical Out of Sandwich Bread After Protest [ABC News]
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