Subway Is Suing Over Allegations About Its Chicken

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."


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!