February 6, 2013
Subway has vowed to remove a chemical that is typically found in plastics and rubber, a known carcinogen, from its bread products. The decision was derived only after pressure was applied through an online petition by a food blogger. In other words, Subway only yielded when light was shone on their little known secret.
The chemical is azodicarbonamide – the much beloved FDA allows its use to strengthen dough and increase shelf life – never mind the associated risks to your health. Azodicarbonamide is used in plastics, rubber, and synthetic leather. Oh yeah, it is used in the U.S. and Canada in food too. Not one of the letters within the acronyms FDA or USDA actually stands for safety. Of course, just as with GMO’s and vaccines, Europe is ahead of the curve and this substance is and has been banned on the continent. Supposedly the chemical is found in all sorts of bread and other grain products.
Azodicarbonamide, and its related compound semicarbazide, are known carcinogens; how and why we allow agencies like the FDA and USDA to be headed by industry insiders and operate with impunity – allowing the use of harmful chemicals and genetically engineered ingredients to be used in our food… something that is often done without out knowledge – is far beyond me. As always, it is up to us to try and keep ourselves informed. Yet, with the ban on the substance in Australia and the EU, and the fact that Subway operates within Europe and Australia, Subway was both aware that they could not use azodicarbonamide in those locations and the reasons why. Yet they saw fit to continue to do so here. Does that seem ethical or moral to you?
So my question is this: will we, the consumers, punish Subway by boycotting them? Will we teach them a lesson and also set an example by starving them of capital (cash)?
In modern business the only thing that matters is the bottom line. This applies to the entire spectrum, from fast food to health care.
They knew they were using an ingredient that is a known carcinogen yet they continued to do so… I will not give them one red cent… ever in my life. I just can’t help but wonder if I will ever see a time in my life where the public will begin to hold companies, the government, and politicians accountable for their actions (or inaction). Maybe if Subway was wearing tights and throwing balls around the public might actually give a damn – pathetic.