While Subway’s tagline may be ‘Eat fresh,’ one employee begs to differ. Recently a Subway manager did a Reddit AMA to give customers the inside track on what really goes on behind the sneeze guard, and it’s not pretty.
I am a Shift Manager for a Subway Franchise in the UK. I know all the ins, outs and dirty little secrets. Ask away…
DISCLAIMER: ALL ANSWERS ARE MINE, AND ARE NOT OF SUBWAY IP INC.
After getting that out of the way, redditors got straight to the heart of the matter:
Which items would you recommend one avoid and which would you say are highest quality/safest/best prepared?
Avoid: Chipotle Chicken & Teriyaki Chicken (Why? Chicken is given a two day shelf life, once in the counter. However these two bypass this and get four days, and can get a little stinky). I’d recommend anything else, subway (at least my subway) is very strict on quality control and dates. Steak is probably the freshest, and safest.
Keep in mind that this person is in the United Kingdom, where food laws could differ from their American counterparts. In fact, one commenter clarified just how vastly different and gag-inducing those food handling standards are:
I was a subway employee for around a year here in the states and Seeing that you guys have a 2 day shelf on Chicken teriyaki amazes me. Our CT had a 5 day shelf and we were told that once it reaches the 5th day, to just change the date. With all of the shift changes and varying factors, we never knew how long this chicken was out(between 5-9 days). I quit after I got reprimanded for throwing out CT on the 5 day.
WELP. If recent shenanigans involving the McChicken weren’t enough to turn you off of fast food poultry products, that sure would do it.