Shocking report: Subway chicken has only 50% chicken DNA

Subway's slogan is "Eat Fresh", which implies that when you order a sandwich or salad at a Subway restaurant you're actually getting "fresh" ingredients.

Here's something that will ruin Subway chicken sandwiches forever: The "chicken" they're serving is allegedly only 50 percent chicken, according to a DNA test.

Food scientist Ben Bohrer, from the University of Guelph, told CBC fast food chicken is often "restructured" - meaning it's made from smaller pieces of meat bound together rather than from a single cut of meat.

After a Canadian study revealed that Subway's chicken may only contain about half actual chicken, the sandwich chain is vehemently denying the validity of the allegations. Those establishments offered chicken that contained 84.9 to 90 percent chicken DNA.

The results come from a CBC Marketplace investigation which involved a DNA analysis of poultry from six popular grilled chicken sandwiches and wraps, CBC reports.

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Most of the other meats tested were "very close" to 100 percent chicken, according to Harnden, so they tested the Subway chicken again.

"Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1% or less of soy protein", Subway explained in a statement.

According to the report, the rest of the "chicken" was made up of soy.

Trent University's Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, which tested the meat for CBC said that chicken purchased from a butcher or supermarket should register 100 per cent chicken DNA, though marinating or seasoning the meat could lower the percentage. However, the disparity between the Subway chicken and the processed chicken from other vendors led the researchers to test the Subway chicken a second time to rule out experimental error. Subway Canada has issued a statement in defense of its chicken content, but says it is checking further with its supplier.

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". In addition, we use only 100% Canadian chicken in Canada. "We do not know how [CBC News] produced such unreliable and factually incorrect data, but we are insisting on a full retraction".

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