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Subway Bread ‘is not a Bread’ Claims by Court

Ireland’s Supreme Court has ruled 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 Limited, an Irish Subway franchisee, which argued that some of its takeaway products, including teas, coffees and heated sandwiches, were not liable for value-added tax.

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 per cent specified,” the judgement 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 judgement said.

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