The bread from the well-known fast food chain Subway contains five times too much sugar to be legally seen as bread, an Irish court ruled on Thursday.
Subway was previously discredited
Ireland is not subject to VAT on vegetables, fruit, bread and other staple foods. Bookfinders Ltd., a Subway franchisor, had appealed to the court for finding Subway’s sandwiches deserved that VAT exemption, writing Irish Independent.
Subway will only receive that exemption if the sandwiches actually contain ‘bread’, as defined in Irish law, the court said.
However, the American chain’s sandwiches contain five times as much sugar as the legal limit, the court finds. Therefore Subway falls under the category of “other baked goods from dough”.
According to Irish law, bread may not contain more than 2 percent sugar, fat or bread improver in relation to the flour used. For sugar, that percentage is 10 percent at Subway, according to Irish Independent.
It is not the first time that the American chain has been discredited. In 2014, the sandwich chain removed the ingredient azodicarbonamide from all baked goods after a petition circulated online, according to The Guardian.
Subway used the ingredient to whiten flour. But it is also used in yoga mats, among other things. The European Union and Australia have banned its use in food.