A speculation about sandwich shop Subway emerged this week which states that the chicken that they serve is not actually 100% chicken, according to recent reports. The PR blow came from a recently released study that was conducted by Canadian researchers affiliated with the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Marketplace.
A DNA researcher from Trent University’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, Matt Harnden, carried out DNA testing on a number of different chicken products at several fast food chains, and concluded that Subway’s oven-roasted chicken, which is found in its chicken sandwiches, was allegedly only 53.6% chicken. In addition to this, further tests found that Subway’s sweet onion chicken teriyaki strips turned out to be only 42.8% chicken. According to the testing study, the remaining “chicken” was actually processed soy.
Subway has since denied the findings of the study, and provided MUNCHIES with the following statement: “The accusations made by CBC Marketplace about the content of our chicken are absolutely false and misleading. Our chicken is 100 percent white meat with seasonings, marinated and delivered to our stores as a finished, cooked product. We have advised them of our strong objections. We do not know how they produced such unreliable and factually incorrect data, but we are insisting on a full retraction. Producing high quality food for our customers is our highest priority. This report is wrong and it must be corrected.”
In addition to the sandwich chain, testing also found that a grilled chicken sandwich from Wendy’s contained only 88.5% chicken and a McDonald’s grilled chicken sandwich contained 84.9% chicken. In a statement to MUNCHIES, Wendy’s denied the findings, claiming: “The grilled chicken served at Wendy’s is a juicy, all-white meat, whole muscle chicken breast fillet that has been marinated in a blend of herbs and spices; not reformed or restructured. There are no artificial flavors or colors in our grilled chicken. The only protein source in our chicken is chicken.” McDonald’s did not respond to a request for comment from MUNCHIES, although they did dispute the research findings in statements that were released to the CBC.
When comparing the chicken test results, Subway’s chicken by far contained the least amount of real chicken. Researchers were shocked at first at the low percentage, which prompted them to test an additional five samples to confirm the results of the initial test.