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Subway's bread can't be considered bread, Irish court rules

The bread has too much sugar in it to be considered bread, Ireland's Supreme Court said.

The bread Subway uses can't be considered bread, Ireland's Supreme Court ruled this week. 

That's because the bread has so much sugar the court said it can't legally be called bread, the court said during a ruling in a tax dispute brought by Irish Subway franchisee Bookfinders Ltd.

The Independent in Ireland says this case stems from a 2006 decision by the Revenue Commissioners, which refused to give Bookfinders a refund for payments it made in 2004 and 2005, with the franchisee claiming it was entitled to the refund because it qualified as a staple food. 

However, the Supreme Court ruled the bread contains five times as much sugar as required under the law in Ireland, so it's not a staple food. Instead, it's a "confectionary or fancy baked good," the court said, ABC News says.

Some people weren't surprised by the ruling, knowing full well the restaurant's bread was full of sugar. 

Subway, however, says its bread is actually bread, and not cake or dessert. In a statement to ABC News, the Connecticut-based chain said: 

"Subway’s bread is, of course, bread. We have been baking fresh bread in our stores for more than three decades and our guests return each day for sandwiches made on bread that smells as good as it tastes."

Nonetheless, it hasn't stopped people from cracking all the jokes on social media. 

This isn't the first time the fast-food sandwich chain has been called out. In 2014, Subway said it would stop using a chemical in its bread that's also used to make yoga mats and a lawsuit in 2015 said its footlong sandwiches aren't actually 12 inches, prompting Subway to take steps to ensure they actually are a foot long

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