Lab tests found less than 1% soy protein in Subway chicken

Posted March 04, 2017

That's certainly edible, but with Subway claiming their chicken is very near 100 percent chicken, it's not a good look nonetheless.

That comes after a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. show reported that tests showed only about half the DNA from Subway chicken samples was from chicken.

The study said the rest of the "meat" was made of soy.

Other major Canadian fast food chains, however, do not resort to such drastic restructuring as Subway.

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Subway restaurants say that a report claiming that the chicken in their sandwiches is not 100% real chicken, is false, and they have the evidence to prove it.

Subway got sucker punched last week when CBC Marketplace did a poultry analysis of six fast food chains and determined that some of the chicken Subway uses is less an 50 percent chicken. The remaining DNA was Soy, the investigation found. As a rebuttal, the company sent its chicken to two independent labs - one in Canada and another in Florida - and surprise, "the results from both labs found soy protein below 10 ppm, or less than 1%, in all tested samples".

"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.

"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 Wednesday night. A&W's Chicken Grill Deluxe contained an average of 89.4 percent chicken DNA; McDonald's Country Chicken Grilled, 84.9 percent; Tim Hortons' Chipotle Chicken Grilled Wrap, 86.5 percent; and Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich, 88.5 percent. 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". It publicly posted the results of the laboratory tests, which concluded that "Subway had a much higher plant DNA percentage than the other samples".