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Hundreds of food products in US contain potentially hazardous chemical

Published on Feb 27, 2014 1:11 PM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as "healthy", contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued on Thursday by a health research and advocacy group.

Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA, was found as an ingredient in breads, bagels, tortillas, hamburger and hot dog buns, pizza, pastries, and other food products, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group, based in Washington.

Some consumer groups have called for the removal of ADA from use in foods. Fast food chain Subway said earlier this month that it was removing the chemical from its products, but stated that ADA is a safe and widely used ingredient for many foods.

ADA is fully approved for use in food by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. But it is banned as an additive in Australia and some European countries.

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