July 18, 2022 — Sandwich chain Subway is no stranger to scandals. In 2013, Subway has settled a claim which alleged that its one-foot subs were shorter than advertised. Then, in 2014, he suffered a scandal over a chemical “yoga mat” found in his bread. Now the world’s largest sandwich chain is facing another controversy: tuna fish it uses is really 100% tuna.
This month, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar denied Subway’s request to dismiss a lawsuit over the franchise chain’s tuna products, ruling that Nilima Amin of Alameda County, California, could pursue the lawsuit she filed in January 2021.
The initial complaint said Subway tuna products were mislabeled under federal and California laws, leading customers to pay more for “premium priced food items” and believe they were consuming “only tuna and no other fish species, products of animal origin or miscellaneous products.
“Subway misrepresents its products as ‘100% tuna,'” said the case renewed in 2022 bed. “[Consumers] were tricked into buying food products that were completely lacking in the ingredient they reasonably thought they were buying.
Metro: “We are disappointed”
The court dismissed parts of the plaintiff’s claim, including the allegation that Subway misled customers by selling sandwiches that weren’t 100% tuna.
“Consumers understand that tuna salad is usually tossed with mayonnaise and a tuna sandwich will contain bread,” Judge said. decision argued.
But he did not dismiss the exaggerated tuna claims.
Subway pushed back, insisting that any non-tuna DNA found is the result of contact between other ingredients used to make tuna sandwiches and wraps.
“Subway serves 100% tuna,” a Subway spokesperson Told Today. “We are disappointed that the Court felt it could not dismiss Plaintiffs’ irresponsible and improper lawsuit at this stage. However, we are confident that Subway will prevail when the Court has an opportunity to review all of the evidence. .
A shady investigation
Previously, the claimant presented a marine biologist’s analysis of 20 tuna samples from 20 Subway locations that found “no detectable tuna DNA sequence” in all but one. What’s more, a investigation by The New York Times concluded that “no amplifiable tuna DNA” was present in its lab-tested samples.
The laboratory mandated by the Time offered two solutions for the negative results.
“One, it’s so processed that anything we could pull out, we couldn’t do any ID. Or we got some and there’s nothing there that’s tuna,” a doorman said. -word from the laboratory to the newspaper.
But whenInterior Edition sent samples to a lab, the results favored the sandwich chain: the Subway tuna was, in fact, tuna. metro quotes Interior Editionvia Applied Food Technologies’ “more precise” lab testing process to defend one of its most popular offerings.
“Applied Food Technologies is one of the only labs in the country capable of testing the DNA of decomposed fish, which makes it more accurate in testing processed tuna,” Subway explained on its website. “AFT performed more than 50 individual tests on 150 pounds of Subway tuna to Interior Edition and confirmed yellowfin and/or skipjack in each sample.
As the case continues, Subway has launched an ad country defend its tuna subs as “100% real”.