File this under “Why you should always cook your own food.”
Even when you’re conscientious about knowing what’s in the food you eat, if you eat food cooked by someone you don’t know, (or can’t verify) then you can’t trust what’s in it.
Case in point, fast-food sandwich chain, Subway, announced today, that they were going to stop making bread laced with azodicarbonamide–a chemical used in Yoga mats and rubber shoes–“eventually!”
What’s more, file this under “Why we need stronger consumer protection of food labeling.”
Subway has been barred from adding this “rubber” product in its bread in Europe and Australia. (In Singapore, use is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $450,000, says an unconfirmed source on Wikipedia.)
The move to remove it from the company’s U.S. proofers came from an online petition started by a food blogger and promoted on Subway’s Facebook page. (File that under, “Turn off the feature that allows anyone to post to your Facebook’s Business Page.”) And seriously, who would “Like” the Subway Facebook page anyway?!? (Oh, I see, almost 27 million rubber chemical eaters… that’s who.)
But rest assured, Subway’s social media interns have responded quickly and in true social media fashion, with words but not too much action: “The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon,” said a disembodied statement from the company. No details as to when.
Well, it helps keep bread from going stale–for up to two weeks! So much for Subway’s “Eat FRESH TM,” tagline.
Indeed, azodicarbonamide is found in most bread products you find in the grocery store. Why do you think the fresh-baked French baguette you buy goes stale in about a day, but your sandwich bread lasts a couple / three weeks?
Okay, so bottom-line, even though I actually “like” Subway’s Vegan options (Veggie Sub and in some locations, a soy/veggie patty), as a Cancer survivor, this type of occulted food production is infuriating, if not deadly. So, if you’re stuck with few options at lunch, and Subway is nearby, try the salad or better yet, buy a fresh baguette and make your own at home before you go to work.