Subway’s Sandwiches Are Too Sugary & Do Not Meet The Legal Definition Of Being Bread


By Cooking Panda

Alright alright – according to the sugar police, Subway’s sandwiches fall outside the statutory definition of being bread. Why? Well, it’s because it has a sugar content of 10pc of the weight of the flour included in the dough. The Supreme Court in Ireland found that the bread Subway uses has too high of a sugar content that the sandwich couldn’t be deemed a staple food which attracts a zero VAT rate.

Who would have thought? Ireland’s Supreme Court ruled that the starch in Subway sandwiches is too sugary to be considered as bread – a legal distinction that would have saved the firm some serious dough. This is true about all six of the company’s bread options offered – Italian white bread, Italian herbs and cheese, nine-grain wheat, hearty Italian, nine-grain multi-seed and honey oat.

In deciding whether or not to give Subway a tax break for serving a “staple” food item, the five-judge panel ruled that the sugar-to-flour content in their bread was about five times too high to qualify! In order for a company to be taxed at zero percent, under the VAT (Value-Added Tax) Act of 1972, the weight of both sugar and fat in a bread product cannot be more than 2% of the total weight of flour in the dough.

The idea that Subway’s bread is too sugary does not seem to come as a surprise to many.

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