Subway's 'chicken' is only about 50% chicken, report finds
Testing of fast food chicken sandwiches recently revealed that the chicken you order may not be all chicken.
The research was undertaken in Canada by DNA researcher Matt Harnden for CBC Marketplace and looked at chicken from a variety of different fast food outlets.
"Subway's results were such an outlier that the team made a decision to test them again, biopsying five new oven roasted chicken pieces, and five new orders of chicken strips", CBC News stated. A recent investigation into some of Subway's most popular sandwiches revealed that the meat inside both the Oven Roasted Chicken sandwich and the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich was comprised of only 50 percent chicken DNA. While chicken purchased from a supermarket should test at 100 percent chicken DNA, meat that has been seasoned or marinated will likely register at a lower percentage.
Nevertheless, Subway Canada stated that they are unable to confirm the truth of these results which came from lab testing. The rest of the sandwiches contained mostly chicken.
Because Subway's score was so different, the researchers tested five new samples of both the oven roasted chicken and the strips.
In fact, Subway's result was so surprising that researchers bought more chicken to test again - with the same result. "We don't release the percentage of each ingredient for competitive reasons, but on the nutrition centre people can see that our grilled chicken includes seasoning and other ingredients, just like at home". A spokesman said: "Our recipe calls for one per cent or less of soy protein in our chicken products".
A Canadian investigation into the contents in fast-food chicken has shown that Subway's numbers are quite alarming.
Nevertheless, representatives from Subway claimed that they are bound to re-test the products to make sure that the chicken they serve meets the highest standards they have set for all their menu.
Wendy's response: "Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a whole muscle chicken breast fillet; not reformed or restructured".