Subway: Our Chicken Is Real Chicken

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After a Canadian study revealed that Subway's chicken may only contain about half actual chicken, the sandwich chain is vehemently denying the validity of the allegations. The rest was mostly soy.

Subway says one test for the presence or absence of a species showed that the protein was chicken, and a second determined the amount of soy content.

The CBC has stood by its report, saying Wednesday it tested multiple Subway chicken samples from southern Ontario. The remaining DNA was Soy, the investigation found.

Last week, Subway told the CBC that Subway Canada "cannot confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing you had conducted". Its CEO gave the Washington Post a statement saying, "The stunningly flawed test by Marketplace is a tremendous disservice to our customers".


Days after a report stated that about half of the oven-roasted chicken patties used by Subway was made with real chicken, the sandwich company refuted the findings.

Subway has shared the results of the independent tests with CBC and the lab that conducted the test. Subway is demanding a retraction and an apology. "The safety, quality, and integrity of our food is the foundation of our business". Per its ingredients fact sheet, Subway doesn't list soy as being in its chicken-breast patty at all, and claims its chicken strips contain breast and rib meat, water, "2% or less" of soy-protein concentrate, and a mix of 14 other ingredients. Clearly, we're fast approaching a ChickenGate level scandal.

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, Inc.in Florida". Our customers can have confidence in our food.

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".

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