A new report is claiming that Subway’s “chicken” had only around 50% of its DNA from actual chickens, and is filled instead with soy fillers, say researchers that conducted testing in labs in Canada.
The chain’s oven-roasted chicken has 53.6% of chicken DNA in their meat, and the strips of chicken only contain around 42.8%, stated an investigation run by CBC Marketplace.
In contrast, chicken bought from grocery stores came in at 100%, says the news site.
Results of the tests angered customers, who said the actions of the chain are dishonest by not labelling the chicken as what it is, when essentially it is half vegan.
“That’s misrepresentation,” said a Toronto resident named Irena Valenta.
Researchers has also run tests on various other chain restaurant, and discovered higher quantities of DNA from poultry, stated the report.
The A&W restaurant’s Chicken Grill Deluxe, as an example, had an average of 89.4% of chicken DNA, while McDonald’s Country Chicken contained 84.9%, claimed the news organization.
Wendy’s Chicken Sandwich contained 88.5% while Tim Hortons’ Chipotle Chicken Wrap came in at 86.5%.
Kevin Kane, a spokesperson for the Subway corporation, didn’t comment on the reports Tuesday saying, “We will have a comment to share, probably this afternoon.”
However the company had released a statement early in he day saying they “cannot confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing.”
It also stated, “We are concerned by the alleged findings you cite with respect to the proportion of soy content. Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1% or less of soy protein. We use this ingredient in these products as a means to help stabilize the texture and moisture,” their statement read.
Subway says they will “look into” the issue with their supplier.