Subway’s Chicken Is Still Half-Fake: TV Network Stands by Its Investigation

The CBC released a report in March contending that Subway’s chicken is only half-chicken meat: a legal battle continues

The CBC has stood by its investigative report in the face of lawsuits from Subway.

In March, all of North America collectively cringed when an investigative media report found that the chicken served in Canada’s Subway sandwiches and salads was made of only 50 percent chicken (along with 50 percent filler and additives). Since then, Subway has slapped the Canadian Broadcasting Company with a $282 million ($210 million USD) defamation lawsuit and vehemently denied all claims, counteracting the damning laboratory results with lab tests of their own.

The legal battle has continued, but the CBC stands by its results, saying that it used a “legitimate lab” to test the chicken and gave the sandwich chain several weeks to respond before running with the story. The CBC said that it has since tested and retested the chicken and the results were the same.

“The tests showed that the oven-roasted product samples averaged 53.6 per cent chicken DNA, and that the strip product samples averaged 42.8 per cent chicken DNA,” the CBC asserted in court documents, according to the New York Post. “The CBC defendants shared the results of the tests with independent experts, who confirmed they were reasonable or probable.”

Leading competitors’ chicken samples were made from 84.9 percent chicken meat on average.

Since the report aired, Subway’s same-store sales and stocks have slipped roughly two percent, though analysts are divided on how much of the decline can be attributed to the CBC report.


Subway’s reported use of chicken fillers is just the beginning. You Won’t Believe What Else is Actually in Your Fast Food.