Fast Food Joints Defend Use of “Shoe Rubber" Chemical

Subway promised to stop using a chemical found in shoe rubber in their food, but McDonalds and Burger King are defending their usage

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Buns at McDonald's and other fast food joints use a chemical found in rubber products like shoes.

Most people would probably not expect some of the same chemicals found in products like shoe leather and yoga mats to also be in their sandwiches. Food Babe blogger Vani Harirecently reported though, that Subway has been using azodicarbonamide asa dough conditioner in its US products, The Daily Meal reported recently. NBC also recently revealed that other fast food chains like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s and Arby’s use the chemical in their bread products as well.  After an online petition started by Hari circulated, Subway has agreed to stop using the chemical in their products, but other fast food chains have been defending their usage of the chemical.

“Food-grade azodicarbonamide is a common ingredient used for whitening and improving the texture of dough,” Burger King representatives said in a statement to The Daily Meal.”It is approved as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The substance is found in many restaurant and grocery store baked goods and is used in the baking process of several of our BURGER KING® restaurant bread products.  All of our products comply with federal, state and local food safety standards and regulations.”

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the chemical is carcinogenic, and the FDA should consider banning the chemical, CSPI told CNN. 

McDonalds, however, has posted on its website a statement that said, "A variation of Azodicarbonamide has commercial uses and is used in the production of some foamed plastics, like exercise mats. But this shouldn't be confused with the food-grade variation of this ingredient." 

 


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Water is the worst thing anyone can consume. Everyone who has taken ill and/or died has been guilty of drinking water.

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The people that really worry that much about these chemicals and their specific properties do not eat at these fast food places and if you do not eat there then your opinion does not count. When on a rare occasion I eat a burger from these places I do not want it to change.

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So that helps the prices to be lower than other places?????

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Not enough info on the safety of the food-grade chemical to make form an opinion on its safe use in food production. Just because it is used in plastic production doesn't preclude its use in food products. for example they probably use h2o in plastic production too.

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FAST FOOD, JUNK FOOD, FAT LADDEN FOOD...AZODICARBONAMIDE (SAY THAT 3X FAST) JUST ANOTHER GOOD REASON NOT TO EAT THE #@IT!

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if it is carciogenic I say ban it..people have enough health problems with todays food industry

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Why is anyone who would eat at Burger King having this discussion

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Hate to say it but Burger has a point when they say Everywhere.
Why are you eating at Burger King or Mc's anyway????
Either buy organic or bake your own

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thefood and drug administration,are public enemy # 1

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A' ' VARIATION' OF THIS IS USED IN PLASTICS WHY WAS THIS WORD PLAYED DOWN AND HIDDEN? SO THE ARTICLE COULD SEEM WORSE? ISN'T YOUR ARTICLE THEN A LIE? A LIE TO GET WHAT YOU WANT.....GREAT TATIC. oh I'm human alright even after plastics.

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Does anyone trust the FDA anymore?

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Food grade Azodicarbonamide? Huh? Many things may be edible for the short term but for long term health? Kind of like saying "It depends on what the definition of 'is' is".

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If the FDA says it's okay, I'm not touching it.

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