When a Canadian news program tested the chicken sandwiches at several fast-food restaurants last week, they got a surprising result from a Subway sandwich. The rest was mostly from soy.
The study said DNA researcher Matt Harnden at Trent University's Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory tested the poultry in popular chicken sandwiches. - The Associated PressThe CBC stood by its report, saying it tested multiple Subway chicken samples from various locations in southern Ontario. The remaining DNA was Soy, the investigation found.
After the results were broadcast, Subway representatives contacted the program and the lab that conducted the results requesting their methodology and testing process. Subway then conducted their own study with two independent laboratories and found that their chicken contains less one percent soy.
According to the company, "these findings are consistent with the low levels of soy protein that we add with the spices and marinade to help keep the products moist and flavorful".
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"The stunningly flawed test by "Marketplace" is a tremendous disservice to our customers", Suzanne Greco, Subway president and CEO, told the Washington Post in a statement on Wednesday.
In a news release, the company took issue with the report done by the Canadian TV show CBC Marketplace. "The safety, quality, and integrity of our food is the foundation of our business. Our chicken is 100 percent white meat with seasonings, marinated and delivered to our stores as a finished, cooked product". Our customers can have confidence in our food.
Subway did confirm its list of ingredients in its chicken patty and chicken strips. Of the six sandwiches tested from various restaurants, Subway's oven roasted chicken and chicken strips were the worst offenders.
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.