Subway chicken 'found to contain only 50% of actual chicken DNA'

Posted March 04, 2017

Subway says a media report claiming its chicken is half soy is "wildly inaccurate".

When a Canadian news program tested the chicken sandwiches at several fast-food restaurants last week, they got a surprising result from a Subway sandwich. The rest, it said, was mostly soy.

Chicken from other fast food chains including Wendy's and McDonald's came in close to 100 percent chicken.

You might have thought chicken is the healthiest choice when ordering a Subway sandwich; however, an investigation by CBC Marketplace into what's in the meat might leave you unsettled.

Subway, however, said two independent labs, one in Canada and one in Central Florida, tested the company's chicken, which showed only a trace amount of soy.

"Test results from laboratories in Canada and the USA clearly show that the Canadian chicken products tested had only trace amounts of soy, contradicting the accusations made during the broadcast of CBC "Marketplace".

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"These findings are consistent with the low levels of soy protein that we add with the spices and marinade to keep the products moist and flavorful", Kane said. Company spokesperson Kevin Kane said in the release that the "alleged test results" shown on the program are "false and misleading".

"The stunningly flawed test by Marketplace is a tremendous disservice to our customers", Subway President and CEO Suzanne Greco said.

Subway did confirm its list of ingredients in its chicken patty and chicken strips. The company did clarify one aspect of its study on the chicken: "DNA tests don't reveal an exact percentage of the amount of chicken in the whole piece, but DNA experts have told Marketplace that the testing is a good indicator of the proportion of animal and plant DNA in the product". The CBC has since stood by their report, making it available to the public, and quoted biologist Robert Hanner from the University of Guelph in Ontario.