Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Subway's chicken is only 50 percent meat

Subway's chicken is only 50 percent meat

The researchers knew that no piece of chicken would measure 100 percent pure chicken DNA, since the process of seasoning, marinating, and processing meat reduces that somewhat; only an "unadulterated piece of chicken from the store should come in at 100 percent".

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. Soy protein, seasonings, and a ton of sodium make up the rest of the "chicken" product.

The Marketplace program on CBC in Canada recently reported that DNA tests it had commissioned on the chicken in two varieties of Subway's sandwiches showed results of only around 50 percent chicken DNA. "The majority of the remaining DNA?" - The Associated PressThe CBC stood by its report, saying it tested multiple Subway chicken samples from various locations in southern Ontario.

The CBC didn't immediately respond to Subway's tests.

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It said that it contacted Subway for answers in February and the sandwich chain "chose not to provide answers beyond saying that the results were "false". Chicken strips and roasted chicken at Subway contain "contain 1% or less of soy protein ... to help stabilize the texture and moisture", the company told the CBC, and it promised to "look into this" with Subway's supplier.

"The stunningly flawed test by "Marketplace" is a tremendous disservice to our customers", said Suzanne Greco, Subway president and chief executive, in a statement issued to the Washington Post.

In response, "Subway sent samples of the Canadian products that Marketplace claimed contained less than 50% soy protein to Maxxam Analytics in Canada and Elisa Technologies, Florida". Clearly, we're fast approaching a ChickenGate level scandal.

The story ruffled feathers all over the world, but Subway says it isn't accurate, and cited the results of its own DNA test as proof.

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