• Riya Patel

The Truth about Panera Bread

Updated: Apr 9, 2020

Panera has campaigned their food to be “clean” which they claim to mean  “food that does not contain artificial preservatives, sweeteners, and flavors along with colors from artificial sources." on their website. However, Panera has been criticized for this clean campaign as creating unnecessary fear. Matt Teegarden, a graduate fellow in food science at The Ohio State University, told Forbes, "It promotes the perception that scientific-sounding food additives are harmful, unhealthy substances that do not belong in foods. Their scientific names, admittedly, may not sound very appetizing, but in no way does that mean they are unsafe." Overall, Panera is just one of the franchises in our fast food dominated society that falsely advertise about their foods.quently as they should be. Here is an employee insider: “While the drink station’s soda machine and tea dispensers are cleaned nightly, the lemonade and green tea dispensers are cleaned maybe monthly. This being the case, black mold builds up between the dispensing tube and the cooling system.” Customers have also reported finding insects in their salads, claiming that their vegetables are not washed thoroughly.


Panera has campaigned their food to be “clean” which they claim to mean  “food that does not contain artificial preservatives, sweeteners, and flavors along with colors from artificial sources." on their website. However, Panera has been criticized for this clean campaign as creating unnecessary fear. Matt Teegarden, a graduate fellow in food science at The Ohio State University, told Forbes, "It promotes the perception that scientific-sounding food additives are harmful, unhealthy substances that do not belong in foods. Their scientific names, admittedly, may not sound very appetizing, but in no way does that mean they are unsafe." Overall, Panera is just one of the franchises in our fast food dominated society that falsely advertise about their foods.

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