Subway to remove chemical that it uses in its bread at its US stores, azodiacarbonamide, to increase bread's elasticity; chemical linked to various medical ailments, is banned in Europe

TEHRAN, Iran , February 6, 2014 () – The Subway fast food chain, one of the largest bread bakers in the world, announced that it will remove a chemical in its bread that drew the attention of a health blogger.

Azodiacarbonamide is a chemical that is used to increase elasticity in bread, and can also be found in products such as shoe rubber and yoga mats, RT reported. The chemical has been linked to asthma and other maladies and is banned from human consumption in Europe. Vani Hari, the blogger behind, began her campaign against azodiacarbonamide after US First Lady Michelle Obama praised Subway's kids' menu. "We are already in the process of removing Azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is USDA and FDA approved ingredient," Subway said in a statement. "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon." Â Â Â

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