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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

She calls herself the Food Babe, and she claims to be an advocate for healthy eating. Earlier this month, she prominently featured herself in videos attacking Subway's bread. Now, company officials are calling her a self-promoter, and an opportunist. They say she's taking credit for changes that were already being made before she found out about them.

"We were already in the process when the blogger picked it up and started the petition and all that.   So we were the first fast food restaurant trying to get it out of the bread," said Brandon Jones of RKJ and Sons LLC.

In an effort to serve their customers food with all natural ingredients, Subway said they initiated a plan to remove a chemical from their bread they decided was not up to their standards, even though it's an FDA approved edible substance.  

Subway said the Food Babe unfairly singled them out in an effort to gain attention for herself, ignoring the fact that many other fast food restaurants and brand name bread products in America continue to use the chemical, and they have no plans to change.

"Basically all the fast food:  I know, McDonald's, Burger King, Chick Fil-A, those specifically I know have it in their bread. Everybody we looked up, they've got it."

Subway said the national news reports who ran with her story conveniently forgot to mention a few important details.

"We're very involved with the American Heart Association. We have their 'check' and we're the only fast food that has that."

And, they're a major sponsor of Random Acts of Fitness for Kids.

"A program basically trying to help kids stay in shape and lose weight, fighting childhood obesity.  And Subway, just a few weeks ago, signed on committing a lot of money to that program."

If you're concerned that the recent changes they made will affect the taste or texture of the bread, this Subway owner said that will remain the same.

"We fight to have that really good, fresh bread. It's one of the first things our crew learns, is how important the bread is here at Subway."

The entire bread improvement process should be complete within a few weeks.

Jones said they've completely finished taking azodicarbonimide out of all their flat breads and the bread they bake fresh on the premises will follow suit in short order.   When that happens, they will be the only major fast food chain in the United States to voluntarily remove the chemical which is banned in other parts of the world.

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