Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Subway chain defends its chicken, CBC says they need better explanation

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Tracy Craig | 04 March, 2017, 00:58

"The allegation that our chicken is only 50 percent chicken is 100 percent wrong", said SUBWAY President and CEO Suzanne Greco.

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 mostly soy. The sandwich chain's results were an outlier: Other fast food chains, such as McDonald's, were found to have 80 percent or more chicken in their samples (seasonings account for the less-than-100-percent results).

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 majority of the remaining DNA?"

"Subway has shared the results of the independent tests with "Marketplace" and the lab that conducted the flawed test".

On Wednesday, a Subway spokesperson more emphatically rejected the CBC's claims. The study said Subway's sweet onion chicken terriyaki strips were even less, coming in at 42.8 percent.

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"Test results from laboratories in Canada and the US clearly show that the Canadian chicken products tested had only trace amounts of soy, contradicting the accusations made during the broadcast of CBC "Marketplace". The first four samples were about 85 to 90 percent chicken, which is reasonable - the composition also includes spices and sugars added for taste, although those numbers are still lower than what the companies promise in advertising.

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

"DNA tests do not lie (especially when conducted multiple times), and anyone with access to a DNA laboratory could perform these tests", Hanner wrote.

The story ruffled feathers all over the world, but Subway says it isn't accurate, and cited the results of its own DNA test as proof.

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