What's in your sandwich? Subway disputes study on chicken

Posted March 04, 2017

"Our chicken is 100 percent white meat with seasonings, marinated and delivered to our stores as a finished, cooked product", a spokesperson told NBC News in a statement.

The defense came after a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that showed lab tests found only half of the DNA in several Subway chicken sandwiches came from chicken while around half was soy, the New York Post reported. The rest was soy protein.

The popular fast food chain's yummy chicken strips contained only 42.8 percent chicken. Of the six sandwiches tested from various restaurants, Subway's oven roasted chicken and chicken strips were the worst offenders. According to a recent study done on the DNA of Subway's chicken by CBC Marketplace, you might not be eating completely what you had hoped.

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"These findings are consistent with the low levels of soy protein that we add with the spices and marinade to help keep the products moist and flavorful", Subway said. - AP " The stunningly flawed test by Marketplace is a tremendous disservice to our customers.

After calling the report "false and misleading", Subway followed up by saying it sent chicken samples to two labs and the results from both found soy protein to be less than 1 percent.

Earlier this week, CBC reported that the lab found that Subway's chicken was only about half animal protein. In the statement (specifically from Subway Canada), the company says in part, "we are concerned by the alleged findings you cite with respect to the proportion of soy content" and that they "will look into this again with our supplier to ensure that the chicken is meeting the high standard we set for all of our menu items and ingredients". The test can show the DNA percentage of a product, says Newmaster, but "it is very difficult" to translate that to the product's mass. It said the tests were done by independent and credible experts, and that "Subway has yet to provide any explanation for the DNA test results obtained by CBC".