Subway bread does not meet ‘legal definition of bread’, court says

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The Irish Supreme Court has said the bread used in Subway stores across the country is so high in sugar that it should not be considered a “staple”.

The move was made in response to an Irish metro franchise owner who challenged the European nation’s value-added tax, according to an Irish Times report.

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In Ireland, tax exemptions can be granted for basic foodstuffs, including bread.

This exemption led Subway franchisee Bookfinders Ltd. to seek a refund on the grounds that the quick-service sandwich shop serves food on bread and therefore should be exempt from 21% VAT when the sandwiches are not consumed in its premises.

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The five-judge court ruled that Subway bread contains more sugar than what is allowed for staple foods under the 1972 Value Added Tax Act. percentage of the weight of flour used to be tax exempt, which separates “staple” bread from pastries and other high calorie foods that use bread.

Subway’s bread is said to have a sugar content of 10 percent of the weight of the flour used, according to the judges ruling. This amount does not correspond to the “legal definition of bread”.

Fox News has not received an immediate response from Subway at the time of publication.

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Subway restaurants in Ireland offer six varieties of bread (excluding tortillas), according to the company’s Irish website.

Customers can choose from Italian white bread, Italian bread with herbs and cheese mixed with mozzarella and cheddar, hearty Italian bread, 9 grain wheat bread, 9 grain multi-grain bread and gluten-free bread from 6 inch bread.

The Irish Supreme Court has ruled that the bread used in Subway sandwiches contains too much sugar for VAT exemption. (iStock)

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The calorie count for the six loaves is not on Subway’s “September 2020 UK & Ireland” Nutrition Facts list, which can be downloaded from its website.

For comparison, the United States has 13 varieties of bread (excluding its 2 tortillas) that range between 120 and 220 calories, 2 and 5 grams of sugar, and 1 and 5 grams of total fat.

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