I ain’t touched them in a decade or more when they discovered plastic in their bread…..
On Tuesday, a Supreme Court in Ireland ruled that the bread used to make Subway sandwiches isn’t real bread. This came after an Irish Subway franchise tried to evade paying value-added tax on its foodstuffs.
According to the franchise, Bookfinders Ltd, its bread was a staple food, and, therefore, should be exempted from the tax. Nevertheless, Ireland’s Value-Added Tax Act of 1972 has a precise definition for bread – It can’t contain more sugar than 2 percent of the weight of flour in its dough.
On the contrary, Subway’s bread contains five times more sugar than that. In fact, a six-inch Subway roll contains the same amount of sugar as two digestive cookies and a little less than a Big Mac bun.
“In this case, there is no dispute that the bread supplied by Subway in its heated sandwiches has a sugar content of 10% of the weight of the flour included in the dough, and thus exceeds the 2% specified in subpara,” the court ruled.
Subway disapproved of the court’s ruling and said it was reviewing the decision.
“Subway’s bread is, of course, bread,” the U.S. company said in a statement. “We have been baking fresh bread in our restaurants for more than three decades and our guests return each day for sandwiches made on bread that smells as good as it tastes.”
The case sprout when Bookfinders appealed a 2006 decision by the Revenue Commissioners not to refund it for VAT paid between 2004 and 2005. While Bookfinders had been taxed at the rate of 9.2%, it argued that it shouldn’t have been taxed as it was selling staples. By ruling out that Subway’s bread was too sweet to be a staple, the franchise’s appeal was rejected by the court.
It’s not the first time Subway sandwich’s bread has caused controversy. Back in 2014, the sandwich chain was the target of a petition urging it to stop using azodicarbonamide in its bread.