Subway Bread Is Too Sweet To be Legally Called ‘Bread’, Rules Irish Court

Subway bread. 
(Credit: Twitter/ AJ+)

Subway bread.
(Credit: Twitter/ AJ+)

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.

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  • Last Updated: October 1, 2020, 9:53 PM IST

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Irelands 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 Ltd., 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% 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.

Bookfinders was appealing a 2006 decision by authorities who refused to refund value-added tax payments. Lower courts had dismissed the case before it reached the Supreme Court.


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