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DNA test: Subway sandwiches contain just 50% chicken

Staff Writer |
If you're one of those who opt for chicken sandwiches at your favourite fast food restaurant, you may find the results of a CBC Marketplace investigation into what's in the meat a little hard to swallow.

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A DNA analysis of the poultry in several popular grilled chicken sandwiches and wraps found at least one fast food restaurant isn't serving up nearly as much of the key ingredient as people may think, CBC Canada reports.

In the case of two popular Subway sandwiches, the chicken was found to contain only about half chicken DNA.

DNA researcher Matt Harnden at Trent University's Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory tested the poultry in six popular chicken sandwiches.

The full results on the percentage of chicken in the sandwiches are:

- Subway Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich: 53.6%
- Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (chicken strips): 42.8%
- McDonald's Country Chicken – Grilled: 84.9%
- Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 88.5%
- A&W Chicken Grill Deluxe: 89.4%
- Tim Hortons’ Chipotle Chicken Grilled Wrap: 86.5%.

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