Subway Denies Its Chicken Sandwiches are Just 50% Chicken

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Canadian researchers found that just 50% of some of Subway chicken products are real chicken meat.

Subway dismissed a recent report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation which unveiled that some of its chicken offerings are just 50% chicken, with the rest being soy.

The fast-food restaurant chain recently stated on NBC that the CBC’s claim is “absolutely” false and a clear intent of misleading customers. In the statement, the company said its chicken products are “100% white meat”.

A spokesperson for the company unveiled that they have spoken with the CBC to learn why the produced so factually incorrect data. Subway now calls for a “full retraction” and wants the report to be corrected.

Canadian researchers analyzed meat content in two Subway sandwiches: the Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki and the Subway Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich. And the DNA analysis yielded shocking results: the roasted chicken in the Subway Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich had just 53.5% chicken while the chicken strips in the Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki had 42.8 real chicken meat. The rest of the DNA was soy.

Subway conducted a separate study to counter the Canadian study. Reportedly, the fast food chain hired to separate labs to conduct tests on the sandwiches sold in Canada. Both laboratory reports showed that soy protein was less than 1% in the said chicken sandwiches.

The company explained that the protein is not mixed with meat, as CBC suggested, but it is an ingredient in the spices and marinade that make chicken moist and tasty. The company also adds the plant to its products to add texture. The labels clearly show that the products may contain traces of soy and soy is also featured as an ingredient in meat.

CBC, however, refused to retract its study although it is unclear what methods they used to produce the report. Experts noted that DNA analyses to determine the ingredients in a certain food are sometimes unreliable. Nevertheless, DNA tests have been successfully used to spot food fraud such as when cheaper ingredients are passed as more expensive ingredients or contaminants such as rat feces in hamburger patties and so on.

CBC has also tested the amount of real meat in the Tim Hortons Chipotle Chicken Grilled Wrap, Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich, McDonald’s Country Grilled Chicken, and A&W Chicken Grill Deluxe. The report showed that chicken meat scored nearly 100% in all these products.
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