A poultry analysis of various fast food restaurants from CBC Marketplace last week found that Subway's chicken may actually contain less chicken DNA than one would hope. The rest of the DNA pertains to soy products.
Subway sent chicken samples to Maxxam Analytics in Canada and Elisa Technologies in Florida.
The broadcaster also adds that Subway has chosen "not to provide any answers" for how scientists got insane DNA results for just that one chain "beyond saying that the results were 'false.'" It's true that DNA testing isn't an ideal way to determine exact mass of chicken versus soy - bird and plant DNA don't necessarily weigh the same, for starters - but CBC clarified this part of its original report, adding that the tests are "a good indicator of the proportion of animal and plant DNA in the product", regardless. The majority of the remaining DNA was that of soy protein. Chicken strips and roasted chicken at Subway contain "contain 1% or less of soy protein ... to help stabilize the texture and moisture", the company told the CBC, and it promised to "look into this" with Subway's supplier.
The sandwich chain commissioned a study of its own challenging the findings of CBC's Marketplace report.
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Wednesday night Subway responded condemning the news report.
"The stunningly flawed test by Marketplace is a tremendous disservice to our customers", Subway President and CEO Suzanne Greco said.
Subway said Tuesday the report was "absolutely false and misleading" and that its chicken is 100 percent white meat with seasonings, marinated and delivered to stores as a finished, cooked product. "The safety, quality, and integrity of our food is the foundation of our business". 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. Our customers can have confidence in our food. According to the CBC, researchers at Trent University sampled both the oven roasted chicken filets and the chicken strips the restaurant uses on its sandwiches.
Subway has shared the results of the independent tests with CBC and the lab that conducted the test. Subway is demanding a retraction and an apology.