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Pizza Hut to slice out more ingredients from its pizzas

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / MAY 2014

    In this file photo, a customer leaves a Pizza Hut restaurant in Boston.

NEW YORK » Pizza Hut said it will remove more artificial ingredients from its pizza pies in the next year at its U.S. restaurants.

The company already removed artificial flavors and colors from its pizzas last year.

Pizza Hut, which has about 6,400 U.S. restaurants, said the preservatives BHA and BHT will be removed from all its meat by next month. Artificial preservatives in cheese will be cut by next year. Chicken used as pizza topping will be free of human antibiotics by March.

Its chicken wings, however, will still be raised with the antibiotics, a spokesman said.

Some of the world’s biggest restaurant chains have been tinkering with their recipes to appeal to people who are paying more attention to ingredient labels.

McDonald’s Corp., for example, is testing Chicken McNuggets without artificial preservatives. Sandwich chain Subway is switching to meat raised without antibiotics. And Taco Bell, which like Pizza Hut is owned by Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum Brands Inc., ditched some artificial colors and dyes last year.

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