Target: Subway Co-Founder, Fred DeLuca
Goal: Thank a major chain restaurant for removing a toxic ingredient from its bread recipe
Subway, one of the world’s largest bread makers, has decided to get rid of an ingredient in its bread called “azodicarbonamide” which is a chemical found in yoga mats, shoe soles, and synthetic leather. Bakers often use the chemical to strengthen their bread dough, but it breaks down into harmful carcinogens. Although Subway claims that the chemical is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, it will oblige consumers’ concerns and remove the carcinogen.
Azodicarbonamide is not approved as a dough additive in Europe and Australia. The World Health Organization says a number of studies suggest that the chemical can induce asthma, based on evidence from people who experienced the signs and employees of factories where the chemical is added to products.
The use of the chemical in factories is far worse because workers are exposed to it in high quantities. Numerous grocery stores and restaurants use this chemical, but it will remain in their bread mixes for now. Since this chemical isn’t fully understood, any attempt to lessen its use is appreciated. Sign this petition to thank Subway for removing this toxic ingredient and persuade other companies to do the same.
Dear Fred DeLuca, Subway Co-Founder,
Your quick action to start removing the harmful chemical from your breads proves how much you care about your consumers concerns. Even first lady, Michelle Obama, has voiced her opinions by commending the change by grabbing a Subway sandwich for lunch. Consumers who frequently grab a Subway sandwich can now eat without worrying about what they are putting in their bodies. Since the chemical has also been known to affect asthma patients the most, the removal of this chemical saves the Subway workers who have been exposed to it in greater amounts all of these years.
By removing the toxic ingredient, you have saved so many lives. Although more work has got to be done to improve the food that consumers eat, this is a good first step. Thank you for making this change for all of the Subway fans.
[Your Name Here]
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