By Christy McLeap

There has been a Canadian study conducted on Subway’s oven-roasted chicken patty, and according to a DNA test only 50% of the patty is made with real chicken.

Subway wasn’t the only fast-food restaurant to have its chicken test by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, there were also four others.

CBS Los Angeles reports that according to the results, Subway’s Oven Roasted Chicken patties only averaged about 53.6 percent chicken DNA. Their Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki strips showed 42.8 percent actual chicken.

The results of the DNA test have been refuted by the sandwich company. Subway released a statement that said:

“SUBWAY Canada cannot confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing you had conducted. However, we are concerned by the alleged findings you cite with respect to the proportion of soy content. Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1% or less of soy protein. We use this ingredient in these products as a means to help stabilize the texture and moisture. All of our chicken items are made from 100% white meat chicken which is marinated, oven roasted and grilled. We tested our chicken products recently for nutritional and quality attributes and found it met our food quality standards. We will look into this again with our supplier to ensure that the chicken is meeting the high standard we set for all of our menu items and ingredients.”

Want to know what the rest of the chicken patty and strips consisted of? It’s soy.

The same test was conducted on McDonald’s and Wendy’s chicken.

According to the test, Wendy’s grilled chicken sandwich was about 88.5 percent chicken, and McDonald’s Grilled Country Chicken came in around 84.9 percent, on average.

The Wendy’s fast food chain response was: “Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a whole muscle chicken breast fillet; not reformed or restructured. In addition, we use only 100% Canadian chicken in Canada. For our grilled chicken sandwich and other grilled chicken products (salads, wraps, etc.) we use a juicy, all-white meat chicken breast fillet, marinated in a blend of herbs. We do not provide ingredient percentages as we consider that information to be proprietary.”

And McDonald’s said: “Our grilled chicken sandwich is made with 100% seasoned chicken breast. The chicken breast is (a single piece) trimmed for size to fit the sandwich. We don’t release the percentage of each ingredient for competitive reasons, but on the nutrition centre people can see that our grilled chicken includes seasoning and other ingredients, just like at home.”


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