This study found that Subway’s sweet onion chicken teriyaki strips only had 42.8 percent chicken DNA. - From MUNCHIES: Food by VICE
Sandwich behemoth Subway has been dealt a PR blow this week, and although it may not rival the problems the franchise faced with its former spokesperson Jared Fogle—who was arrested for possessing child pornography and paying for sex with minors—the news isn’t good.
According to a recently released study conducted by Canadian researchers affiliated with the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Marketplace, the chicken served at Subway isn’t 100-percent chicken.
Matt Harnden, a DNA researcher with Trent University’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, conducted DNA testing on multiple chicken products at several fast food chains and found that Subway’s oven-roasted chicken, found in its chicken sandwiches, fared poorly—the stuff was allegedly only 53.6 percent chicken.
In a statement to MUNCHIES, Wendy’s denied that its chicken is anything but chicken: “The grilled chicken served at Wendy’s is a juicy, all-white meat, whole muscle chicken breast fillet that has been marinated in a blend of herbs and spices; not reformed or restructured.
According to the test results, Subway’s chicken was by far the least chicken-y chicken among the samples.