Group warns almost 500 products contain chemical found in yoga mats

Group warns almost 500 products contain chemical found in yoga mats
Photo credit:Environmental Working Group

It's a chemical you may not be familiar with, but it's possible that you unknowingly consumed it. Azodicarbonamide (ADA) is used to make yoga mats. But it turns out it also can be found in food products, as it's used to bleach flour and make dough stronger.

Subway recently said it would remove the chemical from their bread. Now, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) says that 130 other food companies also add azodicarbonamide to some 500 products, including bread, pre-made sandwiches, croutons, and snacks. Ball Park, Jimmy Dean, Kroger, Pillsbury, and White Castle are just a few of the companies named.

The EWG wants companies to discontinue putting ADA in their products. The organization wrote, “EWG recommends that consumers take steps to avoid the industrial additive ADA in their food. It is an unnecessary ingredient, its use has raised concerns about occupational exposure, and questions remain about its potential risk to consumers.”

Previous research has linked ADA to respiratory and skin issues for workers who handle it regularly, and mice studies have also shown a link to cancer. The Food and Drug Administration is being called on by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to have ADA banned.

CBS News, 2/27/14

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