Ireland rules Subway’s bread has too much sugar to be called bread

This week, Ireland’s Supreme Court ruled that Subway’s bread is too sugary to legally be defined as bread. How did such a matter come before a court in the first place? One Subway franchise owner argued that they shouldn’t pay the Irish valued-added tax (VAT) because the bread-based meal is a “staple food” and should not be taxed. All six of the company’s bread loaves, from Italian herb and cheese to honey oat, didn’t make the mark under the “statuary definition of bread.” Its sugar levels make up 10 percent of the weight of the flour in the dough. Therefore, Subway loaves would not be tax-exempt. Food & Wine has the story

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