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Subway Is Suing Over Allegations About Its Chicken

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You know what really doesn’t feel good? Being accused of something you know that you did not do. Whether you’re being accused of doing a harmful action, saying insulting words, or thinking ignorant thoughts, if you didn’t commit the crime, it sucks when people still judge you for it anyway … and nobody, it seems, knows that better these days than Subway.

You see, the popular sandwich shop made the news in February after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that it had conducted a test that revealed that Subway’s chicken products actually only contained around 50 percent poultry, with the rest being soy filler. For what it’s worth, the CBC Marketplace study found that most fast food chains used around 90 percent chicken in their chicken products.

Obviously, Subway wasn’t into that accusation. In fact, the chain has claimed $210 million in damages, according to the New York Post, on the grounds that the CBC Marketplace test results were totally false, misrepresentative of Subway’s chicken and defamatory.

“Despite our efforts to share the facts with the CBC about the high quality of our chicken and to express our strong objections to their inaccurate claims, they have not issued a retraction, as we requested,” Subway said in a statement to the Post on March 16.

“Serving high-quality food to our customers is our top priority, and we are committed to seeing that this factually incorrect report is corrected.”

Dang!

CBC is not backing down, however. Even though Subway responded to the initial test with its own inspections of its local facilities, and even though Subway reported that actually, its testing showed that its chicken products only contained less than 1 percent of soy, CBC Marketplace maintains that its report was legit.

“We believe our journalism to be sound and there is no evidence that we’ve seen that would lead us to change our position,” CBC told the Post.

For now, a CBC spokesperson has confirmed that CBC has been informed about the lawsuit, which has been filed in Canadian court, and that when (and if) the corporation receives it, it will respond accordingly.

It doesn’t look like this feud is dying down anytime soon!

Source: New York Post / Photo Credit: Official Subway/Instagram

Tags: cbc marketplace, Chicken, sandwiches, soy, Subway
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Subway Says Its Chicken Is Totally Legit And Tasty

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On March 1, 2017, we told you about how a CBC Marketplace investigation found that on average, Subway chicken products contain a much lower percentage of actual chicken DNA than similar chicken products served in other fast food restaurants.

Most samples in other restaurants had chicken products that contained nearly 100 percent chicken, with seasoning and flavors accounting for the few percentage points that were not real chicken.

The CBC Marketplace tests showed that an average of 53.6 percent chicken was present in the Subway oven-roasted chicken patty, while a mere 42.8 percent was present in the chicken strips.

Well, it probably comes as no surprise that Subway is not happy with the worldwide attention that the CBC Marketplace story has brought to its establishment, and it is fighting back. The sandwich chain stands behind its chicken, and claims that the test results were “absolutely false and misleading,” according to the Washington Post.

“The stunningly flawed test by ‘Marketplace’ is a tremendous disservice to our customers,” Suzanne Greco, Subway president and chief executive, said in a statement issued to the Washington Post. “The allegation that our chicken is only 50 percent chicken is 100 percent wrong.”

Subway then released the results of its very own study that it commissioned after the CBC Marketplace report was released. Two analytical laboratories hired by Subway tested pieces of the chicken and evaluated the soy protein in the chicken samples as well.

According to Subway, the lab results showed that plant protein was actually less than 1 percent of the sample.

“These findings are consistent with the low levels of soy protein that we add with the spices and marinade to help keep the products moist and flavorful,” Subway continued, and went on to demand a retraction from CBC Marketplace.

However, CBC Marketplace also stands by its report.

“Subway had a much higher plant DNA percentage than the other samples,” it argued in its own defense, saying that the tests it administered had been performed by independent and credible experts.

Which side of the debate do you fall on? And are you ever going to eat a chicken product from Subway again now?

Sources: CBC, Washington Post / Photo Credit: Subway/Instagram

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Research Shows That Subway’s Chicken Is Half-Fake

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You know the old saying that everything tastes like chicken?

Well, unfortunately, that saying is probably somewhat accurate — and if you’re a Canadian who has been eating chicken sandwiches with no worries at Subway restaurants, you may want to rethink your order. A new DNA analysis by CBC Marketplace of the poultry in several of the sandwich chain’s grilled chicken sandwiches and wraps concluded that only half of the “chicken” products were actually composed of the bird.

Um, what?

You might think that if you order a totally untampered with piece of chicken at Subway, that your chicken was — well — 100 percent chicken, right?

Wrong.

Even though marinades, seasonings and the processing of meat might bring the number down, CBC Marketplace found that most chains still had numbers near 100 percent when it came to testing meats like chicken. Subway was an outlier with a scant 50 or so percent being authentic chicken.

The oven-roasted chicken scored 53.6 percent chicken DNA, and the chicken strips clocked in at a mere 42.8 percent chicken DNA — that’s less than half!

On the plus side, it turns out the majority of the remaining DNA didn’t end up being something totally heinous, like fish bladder, or pigs snouts, or cow intestines or something else utterly scandalous. The majority of the remaining DNA was concluded to actually be soy.

Of course, that doesn’t make it okay.

“That’s misrepresentation,” a Toronto resident named Irene Valenta told CBC Marketplace after seeing the results.

Subway, however, is fighting back and defending itself for its practices.

“Our recipe calls for one per cent or less of soy protein in our chicken products,” it said in a response to CBC Marketplace.

“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.”

While we appreciate that the company is looking into the claims and wants to ensure that customers receive exactly what they ordered, we’re still a little put off by the fact that this could have been going on unchecked for quite some time!

What do you think of the DNA results?

Source: CBC (2) / Photo Credit: CBC

Tags: Chicken, meat dna, oven roasted chicken, sandwich, Subway
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Subway’s New Sandwich Is Anything But Healthy

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Subway is usually known for having healthy options. Many even follow its menu when dieting. However, don’t assume that everything Subway offers is healthy. Sometimes we want a nice big serving of fat and carbs.

I’m talking, of course, about the new sub Subway is testing, called the Pulled Pork Crunch. Clearly by the name we can deduce that it’s a sandwich featuring pulled pork barbecue. But what’s creating the crunch?

That, my friends, is Chili Cheese Fritos. Brand Eating reports that this scrumptious (if not more on the drunk food side) sandwich is being tested in some areas of the Midwest. According to the ad below, it will be sold for $2.99 for a 6-inch, and $5.98 for a footlong.

Chew Boom reports that some of the select locations testing this new sandwich are in Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. The pork itself is marinated in Hickory BBQ sauce and topped with the aforementioned Chili Cheese Fritos and shredded cheese. Of course, what else ends up on your sandwich is up to you, along with the choice of what type of bread it should be served on. According to what I’m seeing on social media posts, the Italian Herbs and Cheese is a popular pairing choice.

What also looks popular is the absence of any other ingredients on the sandwich. I don’t see anyone eating it with veggies or any other sauces. Maybe it’s perfect just the way it is. I have to admit, the pictures aren’t too appealing, but you never know until you try it.

Who am I to judge? I just hope this new creation makes its way over to the East side in the near future so that we can see for ourselves if this flavor combination makes sense. I wouldn’t have thought to use Chili Cheese Fritos on any sandwich, but then again, maybe that’s why I’m not a sandwich artist. I am definitely looking forward to hearing the feedback on this new sandwich indulgence.

Sources: Brand Eating, Chew Boom / Photo Credit: Yerang Choi/Instagram, Subway via Brand Eating

Tags: Fritos, healthy, pulled pork, Subway, Subway Menu
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Watch This Woman Totally Flip Out Over Subway’s Lack Of Meatballs (Video)

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This seems like every customer service worker’s worst nightmare (video below).

We all know how disappointing it can be when you go into an establishment with certain expectations that ultimately are not met.

Most of us are able to put these minor inconveniences into perspective, and move on with our day; some of us, however, are not.

Enter this woman, who decided she wanted a meatball sub from Subway for lunch — and apparently, was willing to stop at nothing to voice her displeasure when she was informed by a poor employee that the shop was currently out of meatballs.

As the video below shows, the meatball-craving woman was so distraught and disgusted at the establishment’s lack of meatballs, that she deems it appropriate to ramble on for over three minutes about how the restaurant “should have it available,” or put up a sign that shows it’s all out of meatballs.

Look, lady, we get it: You had a craving, you were let down when you realized it wasn’t going to be fulfilled, and so you experienced disappointment. That’s fair. But what did complaining and taking it out on this poor, innocent employee do to fix your problem?

Check out the confrontation for yourself below. Was it worth it?

Sources: Food Beast, n0thingTV/YouTube / Photo credit: Foodies At Home

Tags: Meatball, sandwich, sub, Subway, video
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This Subway Employee Was Caught On Camera Zapping Bugs All Over The Food (Video)

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Ah, yes, the old Subway motto: Subway, eat flies.

Oh wait, no. That’s just at this Subway in Franklin, Indiana, where an employee was caught on tape zapping flies above all those fresh ingredients on Sept. 12 (video below).

Justin Clemons, the man who recorded the video, told WISH that he was shocked and surprised by the entire buggy situation, and because he was afraid that nobody would believe him, he decided to record the entire incident.

Clemons then shared the 55-second cell phone video with his Facebook page; as of Sept. 14, the video in question has been viewed more than 81,000 times.

“I think the power of social media has really taken over, I mean, like I said I had no idea it would grow to the way it was,” Clemons told Wish TV.

“Everything was pretty normal you go and order your food and go and sit down and it was at that point where my back was [pointed] to them,” he continued. “I started to hear a few different zaps and noises that just weren’t normal.”

Clemons had stopped at the Subway with his two sons after a golf match when he saw the employee crouched behind the counter.

“It was my 13-year-old son that ended up saying I’m pretty sure he’s using one of those bug zappers,” he said.

Clemons then pulled out his phone to begin recording the scene.

“Honestly, I think my kids were pretty disgusted as well,” he said. “Because they had noticed it and asked if it was normal. You have a 13-year-old and a 4-year-old asking.”

Per Wish TV, a spokesperson for Subway issued the following statement: “Food safety is our top priority. All Subway restaurants are individually owned and operated. As soon as the restaurant owner was made aware of the situation, he immediately took action by closing his restaurant and discarding all open products. He has contracted a professional cleaning service to ensure that the restaurant is in top working order.”

Additionally, Clemons received a Facebook message from Subway.

“We truly regret you had this experience Justin, and we are looking into this right now,” reads the Facebook post. “Food safety is our top priority, and we are working with the franchisee to address immediately.”

Watch the video in question below:

Sources: WISH, Justin Clemons/Facebook / Photo credit: Sniggie/Flickr via Huffington Post

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Half-Naked Man Dances, Makes Sandwiches At Subway (Video)

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As the United States’ largest sandwich chain, Subway is known for a few things: that fresh bread smell, 11-inch footlongs, and consistency – you can pretty much rely on getting your order made the same way upon each visit (video below).

Perhaps the last thing customers were expecting when they walked into a Subway restaurant in Festus, Missouri, on the weekend of April 23, was to see a shirtless man dancing and making sandwiches behind the counter, KTVI reports.

Those who witnessed the event were so disturbed by the man’s behavior and clear health code violations that they snapped several photos and recorded footage of the half-naked man dancing inside and outside the shop and sent the images to the local news station.

Festus police have reportedly not received any official complaints about the incident, although Subway officials said that they were aware of what had happened.

“The person behind the counter that appears in the video is not a current subway sandwich shop employee and was not authorized to go behind the counter,” the restaurant said in a statement to KTVI. “The former employee left the shop before further action could be taken. I apologize to my guests for this unusual occurrence.”

We don’t know if this will affect Subway’s business at all, since they are the second largest food chain in the country behind McDonald’s, and we still don’t know the identity of this man or the circumstances surrounding his odd performance. Whether a friend of his was quitting and wanted to go out with a bang, or whether it was something more bizarre than that, we may never know. But at least we’ll always have footage of a tattooed, shirtless dancing sandwich artist terrifying customers.

Sources: KTVI, NRN, Ben King/YouTube / Photo credit: Ben King/YouTube

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Pregnant Woman Demeaned At Subway: ‘This Is Fast Food, Not Fine Dining’ (Video)

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A pregnant woman was belittled by a Subway employee for a seemingly simple request when ordering her meal.

“I’m expecting, and doctors recommend that you don’t eat deli meat unless it’s thoroughly heated,” said mother Kassidy Small, who is 30 weeks pregnant with her second child. “Usually when I eat at Subway I ask them to microwave my meat and then toast it.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deli meat must be heated to 165 degrees in order to avoid the bacteria risk in pregnant women, as reported by WHO-TV News.

On April 9, she went to a Subway restaurant in Adel, Iowa. As recalled on her Facebook page, Small said she asked the employee to microwave the meat for her foot-long ham sandwich. He ignored her request, even after she explained she was pregnant.

“I was a little bit in shock and was just going to let him get away with it because I am non-confrontational,” she wrote.

However, the woman behind Small in line was appalled at the exchange and demanded that the employee remake her sandwich.

“The man, getting frustrated with the lady’s requests for him to make me a new sandwich, completely snapped!” Small recalled. “He said that there are 20 people in line and he has already made 90 sandwiches today. He then said ‘THIS IS FAST FOOD, NOT FINE DINING!’”

The employee used a thermometer to prove the meat was hot enough. It was 140 degrees.

“I was in tears and that’s embarrassing in public,” Small told WHO-TV. “It’s easy for a pregnant woman to cry but I was also upset because of what just happened,” Small said.

Small and the woman left the store without food. They went to a gas station to get a sandwich, and upon hearing the story, the establishment paid for Small’s food.

According to Subway restaurant manager Jan Gute, a retraining effort for the restaurant has been established following the incident. It is uncertain whether the involved employee will be fired.

Source: WHO-TV, Kassidy Small/Facebook / Photo Credit: Huffington Post

Tags: customer service, dietary restriction, medical request, Pregnant woman, Subway
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Man Finds Unexpected Surprise Inside His Subway Sandwich (Photo)

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A Subway customer in Lincoln City, Oregon, received an unpleasant surprise in his sandwich, KGW TV reports.

Matt Jones said he and his friend, Jay Armstead, went to get sandwiches at a Subway restaurant located on US Highway 101 on Oct. 6 just before 2 p.m., KGW reports. When they arrived, Jones ordered a chicken teriyaki sandwich while Armstead opted for a spicy Italian sub. Both of them asked for spinach on their sandwiches.

When the Subway employee had finished making Jones’s sandwich, she reportedly scooped the last of the spinach from the bin to put on Armstead’s Italian sub.

That’s when Jones noticed the dead rodent in his friend’s sandwich.

“I got my drink, turned around and they were in shock like something happened,” Jones told KGW. “There was a mouse in there. It was gross.”

The restaurant alerted the county health department immediately, and an inspector was sent to examine the dead rodent and search the restaurant for droppings or other signs of contamination.

“The investigation determined that the rodent problem did not come from inside the facility,” said Cheryl Connell, director of Lincoln County Health and Human Services.

“It was probably in a bag of the bagged spinach product, not from the facility itself,” Connell added. “Everything was sanitized and cleaned properly afterwards.”  

Subway has issued a statement promising that an “investigation was launched” into the incident and that “all of the products in the sandwich unit were disposed of and a thorough cleaning took place, in which the Health Department gave the restaurant a clean bill of health.”

Jones and his friend both received full refunds on their sandwiches.

Jones also took a photo of the Italian sub with the dead rodent inside, which he posted on Facebook.

“Look at this beast of a mouse in the spinach at Subway today! Good thing we didn’t bite into it! AMAZING! WTF!! The manager was in shock!” Jones wrote in the post.

The county health department assured Subway customers that they were unlikely to get sick from food purchased earlier in the week that may have come into contact with the rodent.

“They [health inspectors] consulted with physicians and we followed their advice that, although it is not very appetizing, the risk of someone becoming sick due to eating lettuce with those particular circumstances were very low,” Connell told KGW.

This was not the first time a customer discovered something strange in a Subway sandwich.

 In 2013, a 3-year-old girl in Ontario, Canada, had to be taken to the emergency room after swallowing several pieces of glass allegedly mixed in with the lettuce on her six-inch turkey sandwich from Subway, The Huffington Post reported at the time.

Sources: KGW TVThe Huffington Post

Photo Credit: Matt Jones/Facebook/KGWMike Mozart/Flickr

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These Are The Tweets That Just Got This Subway Worker Fired (Photos)

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A Mississippi woman was fired from her job at a Subway restaurant after she reportedly tweeted messages lauding the deaths of two police officers from the city who were killed on Saturday.

Ex-Subway employee Sierra ‘C-Babi’ McCurdy posted anti-cop messages after police officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, were killed in Hattiesburg, the Daily Mail reports.

Deen and Tate were allegedly shot dead after a routine traffic stop. The suspects have been identified as Joanie Calloway, 22, and Marvin Banks, 29, both of whom were charged with two counts of capital murder, and, in Banks’ case, grand theft auto and possession of a firearm, CNN reports. Police also charged Banks’ brother, Curtis Banks, with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder, and Cornelius Clark with obstruction of justice.

While most of the small community mourned the loss of these officers, McCurdy took to social media to make her feelings on the incident known:

McCurdy’s follow-up tweet suggested residents turn Hattiesburg into the next Baltimore and show “no mercy” where the lives of police officers are concerned:

The backlash against McCurdy was swift and furious. Thousands of people reportedly tweeted Subway and left messages on its Facebook page, demanding the company take action against McCurdy and fire her for her inflammatory statements. Many threatened to boycott Subway if they did not respond to the incident. The chain restaurant terminated McCurdy’s employment on Sunday night.

“This kind of behavior is unacceptable and does not represent the values and ethics of our brand,” said a spokesperson from Subway. “The unfortunate choice of one individual should not reflect on the more than 400,000 honest, hardworking Sandwich Artists worldwide. The franchisee has terminated the employee, effective immediately.” 

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Sources: Daily Mail, CNN

Photo Credit: Twitter via Daily Mail

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