Is the Subway sandwich company as healthy as it claims to be?
Subway is owned by a company called Doctor’s Associates, Inc., and while their sandwiches do generally includes lot of vegetables, an improvement over most other fast food locations, several questions have been raised about the quality of its ingredients in recent years.
In 2017, lab test results from CBC found that Subway’s chicken contained just 53% chicken DNA, with the rest allegedly coming from soy protein. Subway fired back with a defamation lawsuit, which was eventually dismissed due to a statute protecting investigative journalists.
Still, a judge said that the Subway suit had “substantial merit,” and Subway responded by producing two independent tests that they said showed its chicken is “100% chicken meat,” with only 1% soy filler included.
Now, Subway is being questioned yet again, this time over the contents of its bread recipe in Ireland, where the Supreme Court has ruled that Subway’s bread may not deserve to be classified as actual bread after all.
Irish Court Rules Subway Bread Should Not Be Considered Bread
According to a Wednesday, September 30 report from TheJournal.ie, Ireland’s number one online-only news source, the Irish Supreme Court ruled that sandwiches made by Subway contain too much sugar to legally be considered bread.
The ruling arose from an appeal from a Subway franchisee, who claimed that it should not have to pay a Value Added Tax as many products it sells are “staple foods,” which should count as a 0% tax rate.
But the five-judge court ruled that the sandwiches must count at a higher rate due to their sugar content.
The court ruled that for bread to be considered a “staple product,” it should “not exceed 2% of the weight of flour included in the dough.” Subway’s bread has a 10% ratio, the website reported.
The ruling may remind some of a 2015 court decision in Israel proclaiming that a similar mass produced food product, Heinz Ketchup, should not actually be classified as a ketchup.
Heinz claimed it had the 61% level of tomato paste necessary to be classified as a ketchup, but Israel’s standards institute disagreed and blocked its sale until 2016.
In the Subway case, the Irish court pointed out that Ireland’s Value-Added tax Act of 1972 draws a distinction between staple foods and “more discretionary indulgences” such as ice cream, chocolate, pastries, crisps, popcorn and roasted nuts, The Guardian reported.
The court found that Subway’s bread contains five times as much sugar.
“In this case, there is no dispute that the bread supplied by Subway in its heated sandwiches has a sugar content of 10% of the weight of the flour included in the dough.” it ruled.