Subway's chicken only 50 percent actual chicken, DNA test shows

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.

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.

In a statement, Subway said it could not confirm the results of the testing but that it was concerned and planned to “look into this with our supplier to ensure that the chicken is meeting the high standards we set for our menu.”

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