Trent president backs DNA lab in dispute with Subway over chicken sandwich findings

March 9, 2017

Trent University President Leo Groarke says that he stands behind his school’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, which generated headlines around the world last week when it reported that the chicken used in Subway chicken sandwiches contained only 50% chicken DNA. Subway has since stated that its internal testing shows that the chicken strips contain 99% chicken DNA, yet Groarke says that he accepts and defends the findings at his school: “At Trent we are proud to champion independent research. Defending good science is one of the key roles of universities in society. We are proud of the work of our Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, its faculty and staff. It is important to stand up for sound scientific findings, particularly when they are unpopular.” Peterborough Examiner | Trent