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Subway franchisees have been told to extend the shelf life of some of their ingredients to six months - although the slogan & # 39; fresh food & # 39; is (stock image)
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Subway franchisees have been told to extend the shelf life of some of their ingredients to six months.

The American sandwich chain has closed 133 stores in Australia – or 9.2 percent – in the last four years as part of a worldwide contraction.

Now, in another attempt to cut costs, the franchise giant is demanding that stores extend the expiration date of sauces, toppings, and spices.

Subway franchisees have been told to extend the shelf life of some of their ingredients to six months - although the slogan & # 39; fresh food & # 39; is (stock image)

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Subway franchisees have been told to extend the shelf life of some of their ingredients to six months – although the slogan & # 39; fresh food & # 39; is (stock image)

The American sandwich chain has closed 133 stores, or 9.2 percent of its Australian stores, as part of a worldwide contraction in the last four years (stock image)

The American sandwich chain has closed 133 stores, or 9.2 percent of its Australian stores, as part of a worldwide contraction in the last four years (stock image)

The American sandwich chain has closed 133 stores, or 9.2 percent of its Australian stores, as part of a worldwide contraction in the last four years (stock image)

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, franchisees were told to extend the shelf life of blue cheese dressing, buffalo sauce, cranberry sauce, habanero sauce, pesto mayo, topping of rye bread and herb spices.

From March to July, letters were sent to stores, instructing managers about & # 39; THT dates & # 39; to ignore and use the products longer.

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Product manufacturers often dictate whether an expiration date can be extended and franchisees are told to adhere to the shelf life guidelines.

A Subway spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia that the food standards of the chain exceed industry standards & # 39; and the expiry dates are determined by manufacturers.

& # 39; Shelf life dates are occasionally extended by food producers, in accordance with food regulations, where microbiological testing confirms product safety and zero risk to public health, & # 39; said the spokeswoman.

& # 39; This is common in the food sector. & # 39;

& # 39; Food safety is paramount and our rigorous handling, storage and preparation methods exceed industrial regulations. Our strict operational standards require that food is tested twice a day in every restaurant. & # 39;

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& # 39; Our restaurants are regularly checked to ensure that they meet our high standards and our owners and their teams receive regular food treatment training. & # 39;

Now, in another attempt to cut costs, the franchise giant is demanding that stores extend the expiration date of sauces, toppings, and spices (stock image)

Now, in another attempt to cut costs, the franchise giant is demanding that stores extend the expiration date of sauces, toppings, and spices (stock image)

Now, in another attempt to cut costs, the franchise giant is demanding that stores extend the expiration date of sauces, toppings, and spices (stock image)

From March to July, letters were sent to stores, instructing managers about & # 39; THT dates & # 39; to ignore and use the products longer (stock image)

From March to July, letters were sent to stores, instructing managers about & # 39; THT dates & # 39; to ignore and use the products longer (stock image)

From March to July, letters were sent to stores, instructing managers about & # 39; THT dates & # 39; to ignore and use the products longer (stock image)

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She said that & # 39; progressive changes & # 39; Subway positioned to have a successful future in Australia.

& # 39; We are one of the largest investors in fresh Australian produce, with vegetables from foot to foot in just 72 hours and hand cut every day in the restaurant, & # 39; she said.

The news comes after former Subway employees spoke against the food chain and claimed they had to use rotten tomatoes and get food off the floor to serve customers.

The former employees, only identified as Kate and Dylan by A Current Affair, claim to have seen disgusting practices in the store.

They also claim that they had underpaid $ 37,000.

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Although wage theft was a concern for Dylan, he said he also wanted to break his silence because he felt that Subway & # 39; s food quality had declined.

& # 39; We should never throw anything away … if it was outdated, well, just stay, keep using it, & # 39; Dylan said to the program.

Former Subway employee Kate *

Former Subway employee Kate *

Former Subway employee Dylan *

Former Subway employee Dylan *

Former Subway employees Kate * (left) and Dylan * (right) spoke out against the food chain and claimed that they had to serve rotten food and had thousands of dollars too little

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Kate claimed that food that was not suitable to be served was used in the store.

& # 39; I have seen food picked up from the floor and put back in the sandwich bar. I shouted because I threw a box of rotten tomatoes in the trash and pulled them all out, & she said.

Katie said it was only after she was promoted to store manager when she realized that Subway is not doing well.

She said she approached the store's franchisee, but said her complaints were not heard.

Subway representatives would also regularly come into the store and they would have the same complaints, but she claims they were ignored at the time.

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She said that it was reportedly ignored that she & # 39; completely ignored & # 39; felt.

Throughout Australia, the number of Subway restaurants has plunged from 1,444 in 2015 to 1,311 this year, according to an analysis by the Technomic research group.

Last year alone it closed 1,100 restaurants in the United States.

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