Subway’s famous ‘bread’ isn’t actually bread, according to a recent court ruling

Adella Miesner

A court has ruled that Subway’s bread isn’t really bread, according to a new court ruling made recently. Many of us love to head over to the nearest Subway and grab a fresh sandwich with some of our most favourite fillings. And with such an extensive amount of fillings on […]

A court has ruled that Subway’s bread isn’t really bread, according to a new court ruling made recently.

Many of us love to head over to the nearest Subway and grab a fresh sandwich with some of our most favourite fillings.

And with such an extensive amount of fillings on offer, many of us have our favourites whether or not it is the Meatball Mariana or the classic BLT.

However, it appears a court ruling in Ireland found that the bread we know and love might not actually be bread.

A Subway franchisee Bookfinders Ltd, based in Tuam, County Galway,  argued that it was not liable for VAT on some of its takeaway products, including teas, coffees and heated filled sandwiches.

However the bread’s sugar content, which is five times the qualifying limit under the act, means that it falls outside Ireland’s legal definition of a staple food so VAT is chargeable, the Mirror reports.



a close up of a sandwich sitting on top of a table: Subway hasn't been making its sandwiches with bread - court finds


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Subway hasn’t been making its sandwiches with bread – court finds

The five-judge court ruled the bread has a sugar content of 10% of the weight of the flour included in the dough.

But under the act the weight of ingredients such as sugar, fat and bread improver should not be higher that 2% of the weight of flour in the dough.

The appeal arose from a decision by the Revenue Commissioners in 2006 to refuse a refund for VAT payments made between early 2004 and late 2005.

Bookfinders claimed a refund saying VAT the rate should have zero.

In 2014 Subway removed a controversial chemical used to improve dough from its bread following the launch of a public petition.

Azodicarbonamide is commonly used to make yoga mats and carpet underlay but has been banned by the European Union and Australia from use in food products.

Subway has been contacted for comment.

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