Kush asked in Dining OutFast Food · 4 weeks ago

Is Irish Supreme Court Right that Subway Bread Not Legally Bread Due to High Sugar Content or no?

Ireland's Supreme Court announced this week that the bread used for sandwiches at Subway cannot legally be called bread due to the high sugar content. 

ABC News reports that the case was brought to court by one of Subway's franchisees, Bookfinders Ltd., which said Subway served food that can be defined as "staple food" and thus should be exempt from value-added tax. The Supreme Court, however, did not agree with the "staple food" definition.

The ruling was handed down on Sept. 29, with the court citing that the bread used at Subway in Ireland used five times the amount of sugar Ireland determined in the VAT Act of 1972. As per the act, the sugar in any bread product must not exceed more than 2 percent of the total weight of flour used in the dough in order to be exempt. Each of the doughs Subway uses, including nine-grain multi-seed and nine-grain wheat, contain around 10 percent sugar content.

"The argument depends on the acceptance of the prior contention that the Subway heated sandwich contains ‘bread’ as defined, and therefore can be said to be food for the purposes of the Second Schedule rather than confectionary. Since that argument has been rejected, this subsidiary argument must fail," the official judgement from the court reads.

6 Answers

  • RICK
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    By Irish law they are 100% correct

  • 4 weeks ago

    no the irish men are just saying that because they don't want to give you any to many pigs out there, people eat bread for 10000 years, are you krazy for listening to the stupid news

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes according to their laws. There's a limit not met by Subway.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Irish onot know about potatoes, not bread

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Read the article on Yahoo today.

    Or ask the Irish courts for more clarification.

    ""CTV NEWS:   A panel of judges rejected the appeal Tuesday, ruling that the bread sold by Subway contains too much sugar to be categorized as a "staple food," which is not taxed.

    There is no dispute 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 thus exceeds the 2% specified," the judgment read.

    The law makes a distinction between "bread as a staple food" and other baked goods "which are, or approach, confectionery or fancy baked goods," the judgment said.

    Not convinced yet?

    Many nutritionists and dieticians have known that for years and years now.

  • Kathy
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It is still bread to me.

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