Demand Restaurant Chain Stop Using Chemical Additives

Target: Fred DeLuca, Subway CEO

Goal: Stop using industrial chemicals in ingredients and use healthier, organic alternatives

With 33,479 restaurants, Subway is the largest fast-food chain in the world. Fast food is the key phrase to remember about this restaurant, whose marketing strategy is contradictory with its lengthy ingredients list. The company’s slogan “Eat Fresh” is entirely misleading, as its abundant use of preservatives and food additives supports the industrial food system. In this petition, we insist that Subway use organic and natural ingredients in sandwiches instead of industrial chemicals and additives.

The chain’s processed meats contain harmful nitrates, proven to cause cancer. Its turkey contains processed carrageenan (MSG), which acts as a carcinogen when ingested. The vegetables are filled with artificial colors and the cheese is made with preservatives and cellulose from wood pulp. Even the seemingly healthier salad dressing options contain GMO corn syrup. Azodicarbonamide, a chemical commonly used in the production of plastics is used as a food additive at Subway. Azodicarbonamide has been banned in the U.K., Europe, and Australia as it may induce asthma if inhaled.

In her book “Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal,” Melanie Warner explains the contradictions of mass-scale food processing. “It has to have a long shelf life, be produced cheaply and efficiently, and on top of that, it would be nice of it could be marketed as healthy.”

This harmful myth of healthy fast food is damaging to people and the environment. If Subway were to embrace natural and organic ingredients, they would revolutionize how fast-food restaurants operate and increase transparency in its food preparation and service.


Dear Mr. DeLuca,

We demand Subway replace its chemically-laced and artificial ingredients with natural and organic items. Your customers deserve more than the false claim of a healthy or natural product. If you want to successfully and honestly brand your restaurant as a healthy alternative to conventional fast-food choices, you must fully commit to serving organic meat, cheese, bread, and produce.

This transition will benefit your customers by offering them more wholesome food and also improve the reputation of your company by ensuring a nutritious and higher-quality product than your competitors.


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