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DNA Tests Show Subway’s Oven-Roasted Chicken Is Only Half Chicken

A DNA investigation by Canada's CBC News into Subway's oven-roasted chicken sub found that only 53.6 percent of the chicken is actually chicken. Most of the rest is soy. Tests on another Subway chicken sandwich, the chicken strips in Subway's sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub, had even worse results: 42.8 percent chicken DNA. Subway Canada has issued a statement in defense of its chicken content, but says it is checking further with its supplier.

SUBWAY Canada cannot confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing you had conducted. However, we are concerned by the alleged findings you cite with respect to the proportion of soy content. Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1% or less of soy protein. We use this ingredient in these products as a means to help stabilize the texture and moisture. All of our chicken items are made from 100% white meat chicken which is marinated, oven roasted and grilled. We tested our chicken products recently for nutritional and quality attributes and found it met our food quality standards. We 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. — CBC News

The Trent University laboratory that conducted the tests on the Subway subs also tested the chicken content in McDonald's, Wendy's, A&W and Tim Horton's sandwiches: all showed 85 percent or better chicken DNA.



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