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Subway removes controversial ingredient from sandwiches

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Subway, the sandwich chain with the slogan 'eat fresh,' delivered some alarming news to customers who may consider them a healthy alternative to other fast food competitors.  

It turns out they've been using some 'fresh' chemicals to bake their bread that have been outlawed in Europe and Australia. And while it is not illegal to use them to make food in the U.S., some are wondering why Subway would want a questionable substance to be part of their product.

Paige Park heard the news while she was walking out with her sandwich, "That's really scary, and I feel like they should tell us that, because I've been eating Subway my whole life, so that's really freaky."

Subway is voluntarily removing the substance, known as azodicarbonamide, from its recipes as part of what it's calling a "bread improvement effort," and the complete conversion will be done "soon."

Customers at a Subway in Columbus said the news doesn't sit well with them, but they'll continue eating there as long as the changes are made.

Courtney Simmons said, "I'm kind of shocked about it.   I didn't really expect that.   I mean I've been eating subway all my life, and I mean obviously, it's better than McDonalds."

Phoenix Allmon added, "I'm glad they're changing it.   I'm glad they're changing it.   But I really hope it doesn't make the bread taste different because I do love subway."

Jack Johnson said he's been suspicious about the bread at Subway for sometime now and this revelation about the ingredients is only confirming what his nose has been saying all along.

"I actually was walking up here and I noticed that every time I go around Subway, there's a distinct smell that they have and I'm like, 'what is that?' It's not right and I don't know why."

Claims about the chemical's link to respiratory problems and cancer in humans has not been explicitly proven, so the USDA and FDA are okay with the food grade version of the foamed plastic additive getting added to your sandwich.

But governments in other countries aren't taking any chances.

After these changes are made, Subway sandwiches in the United States will match their counterparts abroad.

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