Those of you who eat in fast food restaurants need to ask yourself some questions. What is azodicarbonamide (ADA)? Why is it in my bread? Why should I avoid it? Why does the FDA allow this chemical to be used?

ADA is a chemical that is used in the production of foamed plastics. However, in the United States, it is also used as a food additive and flour bleaching agent – used in the making and baking of bread.

Do you remember last month when Subway announced it was removing a chemical called azodicarbonamide, which is used to make yoga mats, from North American formulations of bread?

Recently, the Environmental Working Group has warned consumers that approximately 500 food items on the shelves today have this same compound. Companies, including Ball Park, Jimmy Dean, Kroger, Little Debbie, Marie Callenders, Pillsbury, White Castle and Wonder Bread use this chemical in their products. Most of the items with this chemical are bread, croutons, pre-made sandwiches and various snacks.

It has been recommended that consumers take steps to avoid this additive in their food. Questions remain about its potential risk to consumers.

Why is this chemical used? The ingredients in bread making are pretty basic, including, flour, water, yeast and salt. Occasionally olive oil is added for dough consistency and perhaps some sugar to get the yeast going. ADA is used to bleach flour and help make dough stronger and more rubbery. The Food and Drug Administration currently approved the use of the chemical as long as low quantities, less than 0.0045 percent, of the weight of the flour used.

According to reports from the World Health Organization, “some workers who come in contact with the product on a regular basis have developed asthma, respiratory symptoms and skin problems.”

If you have gotten sick after eating a product containing ADA, contact a skilled and knowledgeable San Bernardino personal injury attorney for the help you need. Contact the personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney to determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses and pain and suffering.


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