Irish court rules that subway sandwich bread is not legally bread


It was considered too sweet to meet the legal definition of bread.

LONDON – Ireland’s Supreme Court delivered a ruling stating that for tax law purposes, bread served in Subway’s hot sandwiches does not actually meet the legal definition of “bread” due to its sugar content and is a ” Sweet or fancy “. baked good.”

The ruling, which was handed down by the five-judge Irish Supreme Court on 29 September, said that the bread’s sugar content – which is five times higher than Ireland’s Value-Added Tax Act 1972 – is the legal definition of bread Too sweet to serve and therefore cannot be called a staple food.

“The argument relies on the acceptance of prior contention that subway hot sandwiches have ‘bread as defined’, and may therefore be called a meal for purposes of the Second Schedule rather than a confectionery.” Since that argument has been rejected, this supporting argument must fail, “The court is distinguished in its official judgment.

According to the Value-Added Tax Act 1972, sugar flour in bread products should not exceed 2% of the total weight. Subway flour – white bread, Italian, nine-grain wheat, honey oats, Italian herbs and cheese, nine-grain multiples, and hearty Italian – all of the subway bread options listed by nutritional information on its website 10% sugar content.

According to the Independent in Ireland, the case was first raised by bookfinders by a 2006 ruling by the Revenue Commissioners that refused to give them a refund for VAT payments between late 2004 and late 2005. Bookfinders claimed that it was entitled to a refund on grounds. VAT should have been 0% as it qualified as a staple food.

In a decision by the Supreme Court of Ireland, Justice Donal O’Donnell stated that the definition of “bread” was originally established to distinguish between starch in cookies or other baked goods such as cakes or brownies, which contain sugars. And therefore they are quite healthy. Essential foods are considered.

Subway has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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