Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Subway conducted their own chicken study to prove they serve real chicken

Subway conducted their own chicken study to prove they serve real chicken

Days after a report stated that about half of the oven-roasted chicken patties used by Subway was made with real chicken, the sandwich company refuted the findings.

"Test results from laboratories in Canada and the USA clearly show that the Canadian chicken products tested had only trace amounts of soy, contradicting the accusations made during the broadcast of CBC "Marketplace". The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) launched an investigation into the composition of fast food chicken, and released their findings last week. - AP " The stunningly flawed test by Marketplace is a tremendous disservice to our customers.

There were comparative studies from samples from other four food stores, and they qualified the test. McDonald's chicken dish contained 84.9 percent chicken DNA, while A&W's Chicken Grill Delus had 89.4 percent chicken.

Wednesday night Subway responded condemning the news report. "The allegation that our chicken is only 50 percent chicken is 100 percent wrong", said SUBWAY President and CEO Suzanne Greco. Maxxam Analytics in Canada and Florida's Elisa Technologies evaluated the soy protein in the chicken samples. "The company is demanding a retraction and apology". Subway's samples were the only ones, according to the report, that contained enough plant DNA to allow the lab to identify the soy species.

The study said DNA researcher Matt Harnden at Trent University's Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory tested the poultry in popular chicken sandwiches. However, the study methods have not been released - only the conclusions and percentage results.

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In addition, he said identifying carbapenem-resistant bacteria as the highest priority for research and development was "spot on". However, what few new antibiotics have been worked on in recent years have typically been focussed on gram-positive bacteria.

DNA analyses are useful for identifying outright food fraud - like fillets of cheap Asian catfish being passed off as more expensive cod.

Restaurants like Subway may use soy to add texture and moisten the meat.

Subway told the Post that soy is an ingredient in the chicken's marinade.

Subway did not did not share the DNA analysis with the media, and CBC is standing by its story.

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