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Should Subway sandwiches have a nutritional label on them?

Is a lack of nutritional information on sandwiches the reason consumers are unwittingly eating large amounts of salt, fat and sugar?

Published on May 6th 2009.

Should Subway sandwiches have a nutritional label on them?
Yes: - 69%
No: - 31%

The 'Subway – Eat Fresh' slogan may need to be reworded to 'Subway – Eat Salt' following a campaign released today by Which? Magazine. The consumer information service found that Subway, along with other companies, has been a little generous with their salt portions.

A six-inch meatball marinara Subway sandwich contains as much salt as nine packets of Walkers ready salted crisps. And remember, that's not even the trademark 'foot-long' sandwich, which would contain more than one-and-a-half times the recommended daily allowance of salt. But it's not just the salt content that has come under fire; it's the fact that they don't tell us about it.

Which? says: 'Consumers should be able to make informed choices about their health when they pop out for a lunchtime sandwich. It’s great to have a wide choice of sandwiches available, but we’ve found that they can be unexpectedly high in calories. If you're looking for a healthy sandwich, it doesn’t help that labelling can be unclear, if sandwiches are labelled at all.'

Last November, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) began a campaign to get certain high street restaurants, including Subway, to commit to making various health changes. The agreement included 'making nutritional information more readily available to customers'.

In a statement, Subway said: 'In June 2009, the Subway® Chain will update all its nutritional information provided in leaflets, in-store and online, in accordance with a further commitment to the FSA. The Subway® Chain is working closely with the FSA to ensure that nutritional information is provided to consumers in the most helpful way.' There won't, however, be any labels directly on their sandwiches.

But do Subway really need to provide labels to highlight the fact that a lot of their sandwiches aren't that healthy? The processed-looking meat, the cheese, the array of sauces, the doughy bread as long as your forearm – it clearly doesn't equate to good health. Do we really need labels to tell us this? The salt, fat and sugar isn't hidden; it's staring right back at you from your 12-inch sub.

On the other hand, lack of information suggests that companies such as Subway have something to hide. Providing the public with nutritional data, off-putting as it may be, will at least allow individuals to make their own informed choice.

The British Sandwich Association state that around £5.5bn is spent on commercially made sandwiches every year. Should we be made more aware of what we're spending our money on at lunchtime? Vote on the homepage.

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousApril 24th 2009.


GraceApril 24th 2009.

Thats probably why they are so nice!!! :(

NudgerApril 24th 2009.

They ought to be fined for referring to nudgers as 'subs'.

Colonel GingerApril 24th 2009.

I suspect that that dirty minded and sexually unsuccessful taxi driver Fat Git might enjoy getting his lips around the "nudger" in that picture, should Pauline give him the bums rush. He will be on the rank just thinking about it.

Dr. RuthApril 24th 2009.

Oh come come, Colonel!

Fanny CraddockApril 24th 2009.

I feel really sick now.

Rubber JohnnyApril 24th 2009.

Driver, pull over!

Lord StreetApril 24th 2009.

Surely the sort of knuckle-dragging chumps who eat this vile stuff wouldn't be able to read a nutritional information label anyway.

P. NissApril 24th 2009.

'Sub' for substandard.

Mary HingeApril 24th 2009.

Peter Coyle would never have eaten this junk.

Crusty SplitApril 24th 2009.

The label should simply read sh***y sludge in precise portions.

MizzyApril 24th 2009.

They are not reknowned for their positive employment attitudes. A college friend who worked there was bullied, harrassed, and sexually intimidated by the manager. She got her own back though thanks to mouse droppings, dead cockroaches, and dog faeces from the street!Closed him down and got him fined by the Environmental Health!Do other branches have disaffected staff who add these "tasty" extras?I, for one, would never eat a Subway.

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