Scary: Chick-Fil-A Says They Will Remove Chemicals in Food – Why Were They There?

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By: Krystle Crossman

Fast food giant Chick-Fil-A has been under fire for a while about the chemicals that they use in their sandwiches. Now they have come out with a statement that says that they are working to remove chemicals and dyes from their foods to try and make the sandwiches better for their customers.

The first thing that the fast food chain has said that they are removing is the high-fructose corn syrup that is found in their white sandwich buns. They are testing the new buns out in 200 different stores in Georgia to see what kind of response they get. They are also going to be taking the artificial dyes out of their sauces and chicken soup. Last, but not least, they are going to be looking at different peanut oils to use that do not contain TBHQ which is a chemical that comes from butane.

Some of this progress began in 2011 when blogger Vani Hari called them out for all of the different chemicals that they used in their foods. They invited her to come to their executive offices and have a meeting with the heads of the company. She said that they took her criticism seriously and then had a discussion about what they could do to change things.

Chick-Fil-A is on a long list of companies that have been changing the way their foods are made because of scrutiny from the public. Pepsi took out a controversial chemical in Gatorade while Kraft stated that they would be making a new recipe so that they could eliminate the artificial dyes that are in their macaroni and cheese. Most of the companies that are making changes however do not like to talk about them because it opens them up to more criticism about the other things that they may use in their foods.

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