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Subway sues CBC over report claiming chicken contains high levels of soy

Subway has filed a lawsuit over a CBC report that claimed lab tests found the sandwich chain's chicken products contained high levels of soy.
Subway has filed a lawsuit over a CBC report that claimed lab tests found the sandwich chain's chicken products contained high levels of soy. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Subway has filed a lawsuit against the CBC over a report that claimed the sandwich chain’s chicken products contain high levels of soy filler.

A CBC Marketplace report from February said that independent lab tests of two Subway poultry products found they “could contain just 50 per cent chicken.”

The broadcaster confirmed to Global News on Tuesday that a statement of claim has been filed.

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“CBC intends to defend our position accordingly. As this is now before the courts, we have no further comment,” said CBC head of public affairs Chuck Thompson in an email.

Subway has vehemently defended its poultry products and conducted tests of its own in the U.S. and Canada following the report.

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The sandwich chain said its tests determined that its chicken products contained less than one per cent soy protein, which it attributed to the spices and marinade on the product.

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“The stunningly flawed test by Marketplace is a tremendous disservice to our customers,” said Subway president and CEO Suzanne Greco in a press release last month. “The safety, quality and integrity of our food is the foundation of our business. That’s why we took extra caution to test and retest the chicken.

“Our customers can have confidence in our food. The allegation that our chicken is only 50 per cent chicken is 100 per cent wrong”

At the time, Subway demanded an apology and retraction from the CBC.

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Global News has reached out to Subway for further comment but did not hear back by time of publication.

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