Subway’s 27,000 restaurants across the US are now using Pure Bioscience’s eco-friendly Pure Hard Surface disinfectant.
The pathogen-control product is based on Pure Bioscience’s patented stabilized ionic silver, and contains silver dihydrogen citrate, or SDC. SDC is a broad-spectrum, nontoxic antimicrobial agent that offers 24-hour residual protection and formulates well with other compounds.
According to the company, as a platform technology, SDC is distinguished from existing products in the marketplace because of its efficacy, reduced toxicity and the inability of bacteria to form a resistance to it.
Subway says the disinfectant fits well with its commitment to making its restaurants as environmentally responsible as possible and will strengthen its sanitization program for an enhanced level of food safety.
Earlier this year, Subway agreed to remove the chemical azodicarbonamide, a leavening and bleaching agent, from its bread after a campaign by blogger Food Babe (real name Vani Hari). More than 67,000 people signed the petition after Hari took the company to task for the chemical, which she said is linked to asthma and cancer, and is “the same chemical used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber.”
The USDA says the chemical is “generally recognized as safe.” The documented human danger applies to factory workers’ exposure by inhalation — not to eating foods containing azodicarbonamide.