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Panera Cuts ‘Fake Food’ From Its Menu

Dubbed the "No No List," Panera has decided to eliminate over 150 ingredients from its menu by 2016.

Panera joins a dozen other companies in moving towards a less artificial, more pronounceable ingredient list.

Gone are unpronounceable ingredients and artificial colors from Panera’s menu, the company announced Monday.

Panera Bread joins Chipotle, McDonald’s, Pepsi and several other businesses in paring back ingredients.

The list includes over 150 items that will be removed by 2016, like artificial colors and flavors, different sweeteners, and meat treated with antibiotics.

CEO Ron Shaich explained the decision to clean up Panera’s menu by serving food he would serve to his own family.

Food policy experts are divided on Panera’s announcement.

Some, like New York University professor Marion Nestle, applaud Panera, while others, like Michael Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, question the motives.

Jacobson argues companies should focus more on refined white flour and high calorie counts.

Read More:

  • Panera’s decision to cut fake ingredients reflects P.R. more than science (Washington Post)
  • Panera lists ‘unacceptable’ ingredients in its foods (USA TODAY)
  • Panera Bread Plans to Drop a Long List of Ingredients (New York Times)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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