WASHINGTON -- Panera Bread's announcement today to remove EWG's 'dirty dozen' food additives and other ingredients from its food by 2016 is the latest sign that more and more companies are stepping up in support of healthier food made with 'cleaner' ingredients, EWG said in a statement.
Ken Cook, EWG president and cofounder, said:
With this bold commitment, Panera is showing impressive leadership in the restaurant industry to give consumers what they increasingly demand: food with fewer artificial ingredients and additives. We are grateful that the Panera team reached out to our experts and listened to our recommendations to improve their fare, eliminating EWG's 'dirty dozen' food additives from their food and using other information from our Food Scores database. We commend Panera for stepping up in support of healthier food made with 'cleaner' ingredients.
EWG’s Food Scores: Rate Your Plate database and mobile app houses ratings and other information on more than 82,000 foods and 5,000 ingredients. It aims to help people shop healthier, greener and cleaner.
EWG’s Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives highlights additives associated with health concerns, ingredients banned or restricted in other countries and other substances that shouldn’t be in food.