Metro bread is not bread, according to the Supreme Court of Ireland


The Supreme Court of Ireland has ruled that the bread sold by fast food chain Subway contains so much sugar that it cannot be legally defined as bread. The decision came in a tax dispute brought by Bookfinders Ltd., an Irish metro franchisee, which argued that some of its take-out products – including heated teas, coffees and sandwiches – were not subject to value added tax.A panel of judges dismissed the appeal on Tuesday, ruling that bread sold by Subway contains too much sugar to be classified as a “staple food,” which is untaxed.

“There is no question 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 therefore exceeds the 2% specified”, the judgment reads.


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