Subway's chicken meat contains only about 50 percent chicken, according to a recent study conducted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. That's about half as much as the fresh poultry shoppers get from the grocery store. The product was tested from several different fast food chains in Canada. McDonald's, Wendy's, A&W, Tim Hortons and Subway had different results, but the percentage in Subway's meat was the most shocking. While the other chains have 85 to 90 percent chicken in their meats, Subway had the least. It's oven roasted chicken had 53.6 percent chicken.

The strips had an even lower percentage. They contain just 42.8 percent chicken.


The item was tested for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation by Trent University’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory. The laboratory discovered that chicken purchased from a butcher or a grocery store should register at 100 percent. If it is marinated or seasoned, then the process could make the percentage much lower.

Because Subway's chicken percentage was so low, it was tested more than once. Each time the results were the same. Besides this, the research team also found that it has soy fillers. When the sandwich chain was confronted, it admitted to using soy to stabilize the moisture and texture of the meat.

Even so, Subway claimed that its chicken was 100 percent white meat.

Customers think it is dishonest for Subway to label the meat chicken when it really isn't all chicken. Officials at Subway agreed to look into the matter with the suppliers the chain uses.

Subway's record

This is not the first time Subway has been in the news about its meat.

In 2015, a study was conducted and it was discovered that the food chain was using antibiotics. After that, Subway promised to remove antibiotics from all of the chain's 44,000 locations around the world including 27,000 stores in the United States by the end of 2016.

Based on this information, the next time you buy a sandwich from Subway, you might think twice before ordering a chicken sub.