Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

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

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

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

"Test results from laboratories in Canada and the USA clearly show that the Canadian chicken products tested had only trace amounts of soy, contradicting the accusations made during the broadcast of CBC Marketplace", Subway representatives said in a news release. Soy protein, seasonings, and a ton of sodium make up the rest of the "chicken" product.

Subway has released results from two independent laboratories that proves the restaurant's chicken is chicken, disproving a study from CBC Marketplace that suggested the restaurant's chicken contains less than 50 percent chicken DNA. "The majority of the remaining DNA?"

"Test results from laboratories in Canada and the USA clearly show that the Canadian chicken products tested had only trace amounts of soy, contradicting the accusations made during the broadcast of CBC "Marketplace".

On Wednesday, a Subway spokesperson more emphatically rejected the CBC's claims.

The methods of the study have not been published or made public, only the percentage results and conclusions.

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"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 study said DNA researcher Matt Harnden at Trent University's Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory tested the poultry in popular chicken sandwiches.

"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.

Subway, however, said two independent labs, one in Canada and one in Central Florida, tested the company's chicken, which showed only a trace amount of soy. It noted that DNA tests don't reveal the exact amount of chicken in a product, but are an indicator of its proportion of animal DNA.

CBC stood by its test results, posting the six page report for all to see on its site.

"Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1 percent of less of soy protein".

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