Are You Eating Bread Containing A Synthetic Leather And Plastics Chemical?


by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq./

Many countries around the world believe it is unsafe to add Azodicarbonamide to food and accordingly have made it illegal to do so.  It makes sense when you consider that Azodicarbonamide is a toxic chemical used in synthetic leather, plastics and rubber products such as yoga mats.  In addition, it has been linked to a multitude of serious health problems from asthma to cancer.

Unfortunatley the United States, with the approval of the FDA, has deemed Azodicarbonamide safe to be added to the bread we eat.  According to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21,  Azodicarbonamide may be safely used in food as “an aging and bleaching ingredient in cereal flour…(and) as a dough conditioner in bread baking… .”

Azodicarbonamide is commonly found in the bread of many fast food chains such as McDonalds and Subway to name a few, although the latter has announced that they will now be removing the ingredient from their breads.  Do we really need to use a toxic chemical in bread just to strengthen the dough?  The answer is, no more than we need a flame retardant chemical in soda, which as you know from our last blog is also FDA approved.

This month we celebrate the 2 year anniversary of our Scales of Justice blog.  We would like to sincerely thank all of our readers for theirr continued support and for helping make Scales of Justice a success.  We strive to make our postings educational and useful to your everyday lives and base our blogs on the basic premise, that the law does not always equal that which is fair.  This may be easily ascertained by simply looking at various FDA prescribed regulations, such as the one which is the subject matter of the within blog.  Accordingly, it is imperative that all consumers adhere to the legal principle of “Caveat Emptor” otherwise known as “Buyer Beware.”

Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987, with a major in political science and a double minor in socio-legal studies and moral-legal issues in philosophy. Mr. Lauto received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1990 and was admitted in 1991 to practice in the courts of New York State, as well as the Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court.

Mr. Lauto has primarily focused on personal injury throughout his career and previously worked as in-house counsel to a major insurance company. In 2002 Mr. Lauto established Paul A. Lauto, PLLC, with a primary concentration on personal injury, all types of accident cases, Wills, Trusts and Estates and more. Paul is the sole author of his Scales of Justice blog, which provides updates and information about current legal stories in the news and how they may affect our lives. Mr. Lauto prides himself on providing clients maximum results, with a high level of personal attorney service and attention that is uncommon in the profession. For more information please visit