Study Says Subway Chicken Meat Contains Only 50% Chicken DNA

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A recent study from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation claims that the chicken Subway uses on their sandwiches cannot confidently be called “chicken.” Fox 32 writes that DNA testing results said, “Subway’s oven roasted chicken registered at just 53.6 percent. Its chicken strips scored even lower, containing just 42.8 percent chicken DNA.”

The study was conducted by testing several fast food restaurants available in Canada including Wendy’s and A&W, but the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation concluded that Subway was the worst offender. They say that the majority of the chicken product at Subway is made from soy which has a higher sodium level and lower amount of protein than chicken, which could confuse customers trying to make a choice that’s healthiest for themselves.

But Subway is fighting back. NPR reports that a spokesperson from the company stepped forward to speak out against the CBC’s claims. “The accusations made by CBC Marketplace about the content of our chicken are absolutely false and misleading. Our chicken is 100% white meat with seasonings, marinated and delivered to our stores as a finished, cooked product…we are insisting on a full retraction,” they said. Though in a previous statement, Subway Canada also stated that the chicken does “contain 1% or less of soy protein … to help stabilize the texture and moisture.”