Ireland’s Supreme Court announced that Subway’s sandwich “bread” cannot be legally labeled as bread.
After a Subway franchise in Ireland attempted to claim tax breaks for some of their items on the menu, a ruling was made that the bread Subway uses isn’t bread but more of a confectionary baked good.
“Subway’s bread is, of course, bread. 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,” a Subway spokesperson said in a statement. The company says it’s reviewing the ruling.
Subway’s bread recipe has 10% of sugar to the weight of flour, which means their bread cannot be considered a staple food of bread and therefore ineligible for tax breaks.
This decision is in accordance with the Value-Added Tax Act of 1972 which states that “tax-exempt bread can’t have sugar, fat and bread improver exceed 2% of the weight of flour.”
This isn’t the first time Subway’s bread recipe has been questioned. In 2014 a petition went viral to remove azodicarbonamide, a chemical found in shoe rubber and items like yoga mats.
Overall, Subway, often revered as one of the healthier fast food options, may need to reevaluate its bread recipe and consider decreasing added sugar content.
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