Ireland’s Supreme Court rules that bread sold by the fast food chain Subway contains so much sugar that it cannot be legally defined as bread. The ruling came in a tax dispute brought by Bookfinders Ltd., an Irish Subway franchisee. https://t.co/KVsqupU2Vf— The Associated Press (@AP) October 1, 2020
Ireland’s Supreme Court has ruled that bread sold by Subway contains too much sugar that it cannot be legally defined as bread. The ruling was part of a court case in which a Subway franchisee argued that its business should not be liable for a value-added tax (VAT), which is a consumption tax added to products.
A panel of judges rejected the appeal Tuesday. “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 definition of bread was based on Ireland’s Value-Added Tax Act of 1972, which says that ingredients like sugar and fat should not be more than 2 percent of the weight of the flour in the dough. The law is designed to make sure that foods like pastries are taxed differently from bread.
A Subway spokesperson told Yahoo! Life that the company doesn’t agree with the ruling, saying, “Subway’s bread is, of course, bread. We have been baking fresh bread in our restaurants for more than three decades, and our guests return each day for sandwiches made on bread that smells as good as it tastes.”
Thoughts? Is Subway bread, bread or nah?
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