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Subway Canada fires back at claims its chicken sandwiches are only half chicken

A DNA test on the chicken served at Subway restaurants shows the meat was only about 50 percent chicken, with the remainder made of soy. (Source: AP) A DNA test on the chicken served at Subway restaurants shows the meat was only about 50 percent chicken, with the remainder made of soy. (Source: AP)

(RNN) - A DNA test of the chicken served at several Subway restaurants in Canada found that the meat served in the restaurant's chicken sandwiches contained only around 50 percent actual chicken, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

An investigation of the poultry content of chicken sandwiches at popular fast food restaurants by the CBC found that Subway’s oven-roasted chicken scored 53.6 percent chicken DNA, and its chicken strips contained only 42.8 percent chicken DNA. The test showed the majority of the remaining DNA of the product at Subway was soy.

Subway Canada initially said it was "concerned with the findings." It has since vehemently denied the investigation, which it called "absolutely false and misleading."

"Our chicken is 100 percent white meat with seasonings, marinated and delivered to our stores as finished, cooked product," Subway spokesman Kevin Kane told Consumer Affairs. "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 good for our customers is our highest priority. This report is wrong and it must be corrected."

According to the Washington Post, the CBC investigation was not published in a scientific journal or subject to peer review.

The test, conducted by Trent University’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, checked the chicken content in chicken sandwiches at A&W, McDonald’s, Wendy’s Tim Horton’s and Subway. The test showed chicken at the other fast food chains had close to 90 percent chicken DNA.

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