Subway Canada says the company will sue CBC for $210 million after allegations that the chicken DNA was well below the standard even for other major fast food chicken.
Marketplace, a CBC-TV investigative show, sampled the Subway Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich: its average chicken DNA was 53.6%. The average of the Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki chicken strips was 42.8% chicken DNA.
The other major fast food chicken scored between 84.9%-89.4% chicken DNA. If the chicken was marinated and/or had fillers, that would account for less than 100% scores.
The allegations were reminiscent of allegations against Taco Bell in the United States over reduced beef in its taco filling.
Canadian standards are different: processed cheese has to be identified as such. Coffee whitener is the term in Canada for "non-dairy creamer." The USDA standard for taco filling is a lower percentage (40%) of fresh meat than in the findings for the chicken in Subway Canada. But that doesn't mean that things such as this can't happen in Canada.
Marketplace airs Friday nights at 8 pm local time on CBC.
photo credit: Marketplace/CBC