A new version of a lawsuit has accused Subway of deceiving the public about its tuna products. It said lab testing shows they contain animal proteins such as chicken, pork, and not the advertised “100% tuna,” according to WION NEWS.
The November 8 lawsuit relies on testing by a marine biologist of 20 tuna samples taken from 20 Subway restaurants in southern California. It said 19 samples had ‘no detectable tuna DNA sequences,’ while all 20 contained detectable chicken, 11 contained pork and 7 contained cattle DNA.
Subway said in a statement it will seek a dismissal of the ‘reckless and improper’ lawsuit, calling the claims ‘meritless’ and saying its ‘high-quality, wild-caught, 100% tuna’ was regulated strictly in the United States and around the world.
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Since the case began in January, Subway has run TV ads and launched a website defending its tuna. It also revamped its menu but not its tuna, saying an upgrade wasn’t needed.
The original complaint claimed that Subway tuna products were ‘bereft’ of tuna, while an amended complaint said they were not 100 percent sustainably caught skipjack and yellowfin tuna.
U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar dismissed the second version last month, saying the plaintiffs did not show they bought Subway tuna based on alleged misrepresentations. He did not rule on the merits, and gave the plaintiffs another chance to make their case.
Many people cannot eat various meats because of diet or religious issues.
The complaint said the testing showed that Subway mislabeled its tuna products, and ‘duped’ consumers into paying premium prices.
n March 2017, Subway sued the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation over a television news report claiming its chicken is packed with soy fillers.
In a TV expose, the CBC said Subway’s chicken was only around 50 per cent poultry and the rest of it soybeans.
Subway sought $210million in damages in the lawsuit calling the allegations ‘defamatory and absolutely false’.