Subway franchisees are alleging that Subway food isn’t as “fresh,” as the sandwich chain’s “Eat Fresh,” slogan suggests. Many franchise owners are disgruntled after hearing rumors the chain might sell itself to investors, Yahoo! reports.

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An open letter published on Eat This, Not That! tells the story of what happens behind the scenes at the sandwich locations. The letter was signed by over 100 chain operators. Operators claim that lettuce used in many stores is between 10 and 15 days old and that vegetables can be over a week old when they’re made into sandwiches for eager customers.

The franchisees also claim many ingredients are processed and studded with preservatives. “The ‘eat fresh’ slogan is absolutely misleading,” an owner tells Eat This, Not That!. “People are willing to pay extra for healthy these days, but they want an honest product.”

The operator shared that this might be standard practice at other fast-food chains, Subway touts its “fresh” food as a selling point.

“Other chains don’t advertise themselves as ‘fresh,'” he says. “People don’t even know how many chemicals they’re consuming when they’re eating at Subway—it’s anything but fresh, healthy food.”

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