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Subway tuna is not tuna, lawsuit alleges

Subway says their popular tuna salad contains tuna, mayonnaise, eggs, soybean oil, vinegar, water, salt, sugar, spice, lemon juice and calcium disodium EDTA (“added to protect flavor”). According to two plaintiffs who recently filed a lawsuit against the sandwich chain, the Subway tuna salad is actually “a mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna,” and that the contents have been blended together to make something that looks and smells and tastes like tuna.

What’s happening here?

According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Subways’s tuna is “made from anything but tuna.” The suit states that samples of the sandwich were lab tested and the results came back: no fish. The lawsuit does not state what the “tuna” ingredients actually are.

“We found that the ingredients were not tuna and not fish,” one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs told The Washington Post. The attorneys are hoping to expand their suit beyond their two plaintiffs and have their claim certified as a class-action lawsuit. If it becomes a class-action suit, it could include thousands of Subway customers in California who bought Subway tuna sandwiches and wraps after January 21, 2017.

If the plaintiffs’s stance is correct and tuna is not the predominant ingredient in the Subway tuna, there is a possibility that Subway had no idea. “Often when we see deception with seafood, it is the result of food fraud originating with the original seller or wholesaler,” Stephanie Smith, a statewide consumer food safety specialist and assistant professor at Washington State University, tells Yahoo Life. “In some cases, a less expensive seafood is sold to a retail operation as a more highly valued type of seafood. This fraud is based on financial gain and doesn’t necessarily result in any food safety issues. However, both the retailer and consumer can be duped into believing they are buying something they are not.”

Smith adds that if the “tuna” at Subway is actually a less expensive fish, “the concerns would lie mostly with consumers being unknowingly exposed to allergens.” But, “if the substitution is made with a non-food item, then there may be a greater potential for health hazards.”

Subway vehemently denies the accusations and a spokesperson for the company tells Yahoo Life that the suit “is part of a trend in which the named plaintiffs’s attorneys have been targeting the food industry in an effort to make a name for themselves in that space.” Sholini Dogra, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, has previously sued Ferrara Candy Co., Nestle, Costco and Tootsie Roll Industries.

With respect to the tuna in question, the spokesperson says, “Subway delivers 100 percent cooked tuna to its restaurants, which is mixed with mayonnaise and used in freshly made sandwiches, wraps and salads that are served to and enjoyed by our guests.” Adding, “these baseless accusations threaten to damage our franchisees, small business owners who work tirelessly to uphold the high standards that Subway sets for all of its products, including its tuna.”

All that said, this is not the first time that Subway’s food has come under scrutiny. In 2017, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Marketplace program DNA-tested pieces of Subway chicken. The results showed that Subway’s oven-roasted chicken was only 42.8 percent chicken. Subway rejected those claims.

Relatedly, in 2020 Ireland’s Supreme Court ruled that Subway’s bread had too much sugar in it to meet the country’s legal definition of bread.

The California lawsuit says that Subway is making false and misleading claims about their product in order to increase their profits. “The Products lack any trace of tuna as a component,” the suit claims. “The filling in the Products has no scintilla of tuna at all.”

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by Anonymousreply 7601/30/2021

Is it chicken?

by Anonymousreply 101/29/2021

It’s shredded telephone books and Best Foods mayonnaise.

by Anonymousreply 201/29/2021

I hate tuna.

by Anonymousreply 301/29/2021

I like blue.

by Anonymousreply 401/29/2021

That's what you get for ordering a tuna salad sub from Subway in the first place!

by Anonymousreply 501/29/2021

I'm Barron.

by Anonymousreply 601/29/2021

Can anyone tell me why I've been called to testify?

by Anonymousreply 701/29/2021

Sorry, Charlie

by Anonymousreply 801/29/2021

Tuna is Soylent Green is People.

by Anonymousreply 901/29/2021

Their tuna is actually pretty good. I don't care what's in it.

by Anonymousreply 1001/29/2021

Subway "tuna" is disgusting. I tried it once and threw it out. Never again. They were also the ones who got caught putting additives their bread, that are also in yoga mats.

I wonder what it is, if not fish.

by Anonymousreply 1101/29/2021


by Anonymousreply 1201/29/2021

They shred little kids up to make their tuna! I seen the shredder machines in the secret meat lockers! I seen the cages at the back of the stores! They get them little kids from places like Pakistan and Indiastan and the Phillypines. And Hillary Clinton is in charge of it ALL! I say we get our guns and storm the Subway and rescue them kids!

by Anonymousreply 1301/29/2021

No surprise here - NOTHING from subway has any flavor, including bread, vegetables, and meat. It all tastes like cardboard.

by Anonymousreply 1401/29/2021

I was forced to dine on Subway once in recent years. The was a bleach smell and in particular the "bread like" substance had a revolting aroma and texture.

by Anonymousreply 1501/29/2021

I tried to warn you people!

by Anonymousreply 1601/29/2021

ALL fast food is bad for you. ALL diet drinks are bad for you. It's not that complicated.

by Anonymousreply 1701/29/2021

They made me a pedophile. Really!

by Anonymousreply 1801/29/2021

I’m going to fight the fuck back!

by Anonymousreply 1901/29/2021

Does it contain adrenochrome, then?

by Anonymousreply 2001/29/2021

I went to Subway once. Never again.

by Anonymousreply 2101/29/2021

Uh-oh. That's my go-to Subway sandwich. Parmesan bread with tuna and everything, and chipotle sauce.

by Anonymousreply 2201/29/2021

NOTICE: Our tuna is now an Albacore around our neck.

by Anonymousreply 2301/29/2021

Getting tuna out is always an iffy proposition. Who knows what might have made its way into the bowl while they were back in the kitchen mixing it up.

by Anonymousreply 2401/29/2021

[quote] Parmesan bread with tuna and everything, and chipotle sauce.

Sounds hideous.

by Anonymousreply 2501/29/2021

Nobody Likes an Albacore

by Anonymousreply 2601/29/2021

Anyone who eats Stinkfish is depraved.

by Anonymousreply 2701/29/2021

Subway sandwiches are TERRIBLE. I don't think anything in their sandwiches are real. It all tastes synthetic, fake.

by Anonymousreply 2801/29/2021

Subway stuff is way too salty.

by Anonymousreply 2901/29/2021

pollack aka fake crab

by Anonymousreply 3001/29/2021

Is that why Jussie Smollett went out that fateful night in sub zero Chicago weather at 2am for a tuna sandwich at Subway? He doesn't like fish!

by Anonymousreply 3101/29/2021

Subway tuna sandwiches are mostly bread.

They will give you two measly scoops of tuna on a six-inch sub.

Then they spread it super thin..

I don't mind because I'm not much of a fish eater.

I just load it up with onions, tomatoes, pickles, and extra mayonnaise. Yum!

by Anonymousreply 3201/29/2021

well I'm curious to know what it is. Why the tease? If they want a class action lawsuit, they need to scandalize us with precise ingredients.

by Anonymousreply 3301/29/2021

[quote] They will give you two measly scoops of tuna on a six-inch sub. Then they spread it super thin

Exactly. They probably couldn’t scrape enough off the sandwich to properly test

by Anonymousreply 3401/29/2021

Do people still eat at Subway? It seems so 90s.

by Anonymousreply 3501/29/2021

I’ve had’s chunk light and regular Mayo..that’s it. I predict a fail unless sone franchise was serving something else.

by Anonymousreply 3601/29/2021

Their bread is made out of the same material the padding in NASA spacesuits is made from.

by Anonymousreply 3701/29/2021

Lol R37.

I usually get the Honey Oat or the Whole Wheat.

It tastes like real bread.

by Anonymousreply 3801/29/2021


by Anonymousreply 3901/29/2021

[quote]That's my go-to Subway sandwich. Parmesan bread with tuna and everything, and chipotle sauce.

What?? Parmesan bread? What? Bread made from parmesan? And chipotle sauce?

With parmesan, and tuna. Chipotle.

These words don't even belong in the same sentence.

by Anonymousreply 4001/29/2021

It's white bread with parmesan cheese baked on top, R40.

Not bad with other types of meat, but definitely doesn't belong with tuna and chipotle.

by Anonymousreply 4101/29/2021


by Anonymousreply 4201/29/2021

People need to stop eating this garbage.

by Anonymousreply 4301/29/2021

Why do you call it garbage, R43?

The Italian meats are good, the meatballs in sauce are decent, and the processed turkey and ham are no different than what you'd find at the grocery store.

Also, there are tons of fresh vegetables.

And the bread is baked fresh daily.

I don't understand why people are so down on Subway. It's a decent, reasonably priced sandwich place.

by Anonymousreply 4401/29/2021

I lived in NYC during the 1970s. I just can't bring myself to eat food from a place called Subway.

by Anonymousreply 4501/29/2021

Go eat a real sandwich at a local deli instead of crappy Subway. Ick.

by Anonymousreply 4601/29/2021

[quote] the meatballs in sauce are decent, and the processed turkey and ham are no different than what you'd find at the grocery store.

R44 has low standards.

by Anonymousreply 4701/29/2021

If fried mice at KFC, pink slime at McDonald's, and multiple foodborne illness outbreaks at Chipotle didn't sink those sketchy chains, Subway isn't going anywhere just because of some fake fish.

by Anonymousreply 4801/29/2021

R48 I have been to KFC twice in my life, never been to Chipotle, been to Subway once ever, McDonalds about 50 times. Never been to Taco Bell nor to Olive Garden. Once to Red Lobster. However, I don't feel I have a good diet. Should I be going to these places? Some say Subway is full of vegetables; that sounds good (that was not my experience when I visited about 10 years ago).

by Anonymousreply 4901/29/2021

Ha! Something is wrong with the bread sold in this chain too.

by Anonymousreply 5001/29/2021

Tastes like tuna, but it's snot.

by Anonymousreply 5101/29/2021

[quote]The Italian meats are good ... and the processed turkey and ham are no different than what you'd find at the grocery store.

Processed meat, especially processed red meats like salami and pepperoni, causes colon cancer.

Every two slices of ham or single piece of bacon you eat daily increases your risk of colon cancer by 16 percent.

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by Anonymousreply 5201/29/2021

I'd rather dine al fresco at a Chinese wet market barbecue than eat a Subway sandwich.

by Anonymousreply 5301/29/2021

R52 Regrettably, tuna causes colon cancer because of all the mercury. R53 is the Wuhan Queen!

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by Anonymousreply 5401/29/2021

R52 so my chances are now 437,000%. And yet my last colonoscopy was clear. Hmmmmm.

by Anonymousreply 5501/29/2021

R55 can I have your stuff?

by Anonymousreply 5601/29/2021

Ramsey is just as bad if not worse. We are surrounded by bad food. Billions of animals are dying.

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by Anonymousreply 5701/29/2021

[quote] Processed meat, especially processed red meats like salami and pepperoni, causes colon cancer.

[quote] Every two slices of ham or single piece of bacon you eat daily increases your risk of colon cancer by 16 percent.

Newsflash, R52.

We all die in the end.

by Anonymousreply 5801/29/2021

R58 can I have your stuff?

by Anonymousreply 5901/29/2021

I'm not picky, so I'll eat it.

by Anonymousreply 6001/29/2021

Darfur Orphan, your body would never cope with their salty foot-long.

by Anonymousreply 6101/29/2021

[quote] I wonder what it is, if not fish.

Probably the same garbage in hot dogs: gristle, buttholes, organs, cartilage, etc. of cows, pigs, and chickens that humans won't eat unless it's hidden in hot dogs and lunch meats (bologna).

by Anonymousreply 6201/29/2021

Actually R62, unlike farm animals, pretty much all parts of the fish can be eaten.

From the head to the tail, except for scales and bones. And it's not bad for you.

by Anonymousreply 6301/29/2021

Why is there a lawsuit about this?! What the fuck is cheaper then canned tuna? What do they think Subway is swapping out for it?

by Anonymousreply 6401/30/2021

"Their bread is made out of the same material the padding in NASA spacesuits is made from."

Plus the same material from which yoga mats are made.

You think that's bad? McDonald's buns used to have so much sugar they could have been called "candy" except for the addition of pickles which lowered the per cent of sugar in the final hamburger sandwich.

by Anonymousreply 6501/30/2021

^ you sound like "Foodbabe"

by Anonymousreply 6601/30/2021

"Subway tuna salad is actually 'a mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna,' and that the contents have been blended together to make something that looks and smells and tastes like tuna."

It's called mayonnaise, Rose

by Anonymousreply 6701/30/2021

Wait what? It's chicken, right?

by Anonymousreply 6801/30/2021

If is not fish, my guess is dolphin?

by Anonymousreply 6901/30/2021

ALL Subway sandwiches are CRAP.

Jersey MIke Subs are pretty expensive sandwiches but are GOOD.

by Anonymousreply 7001/30/2021
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by Anonymousreply 7101/30/2021

Wasn’t Subway also part of a lawsuit in the ‘90s? Many places were saying their bread was “baked on premises”. They were sent the dough loaves and just stuck them in the oven, so technically they were “baked” on premises, but some prude thought that baking meant preparing from scratch on premises.

by Anonymousreply 7201/30/2021

I don't eat tuna salad out anywhere. Too afraid of food poisoning. Subway also got in trouble because it was discovered that their bread had something to do with recycled tires. I think some compound that was used in tires was mixed in with their dough.

Jersey Mike's makes great subs.

by Anonymousreply 7301/30/2021

I used to eat it, years ago, but it started to taste metallic.

by Anonymousreply 7401/30/2021

I had a tuna sub from Subway once. I will never eat anything from Subway again. Two hours after eating it, it was the longest car ride of my life and I know where all the rest stops are on the road between Phoenix and LA.

by Anonymousreply 7501/30/2021

[quote] Jessica Simpson reacts to Subway tuna lawsuit with epic response

Jessica Simpson had the perfect reaction to a lawsuit alleging Subway serves fake tuna in its sandwiches and wraps. While the sandwich chain denies the claims that its tuna isn't the real deal, Simpson chimed in on the controversy.

"It’s OK @SUBWAY. It IS confusing," the 40-year older singer and entrepreneur wrote alongside a video of the story that aired on TODAY.

The Subway lawsuit alleges the sandwich chain's tuna is made from a "mixture of various concoctions" that are made to "imitate the appearance of tuna." Subway said there is "no truth" to the allegations.

Simpson famously confused Chicken of the Sea tuna in 2003 during an iconic moment on her MTV reality show "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica."

On the premiere episode of the show, Simpson was sitting on the couch and eating from a bowl when she turned to her then-husband, 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, and asked him what exactly it was that she was eating.

"Is this chicken that I have, or is this fish?" Simpson asked.

"I know it's tuna, but it says chicken by the sea," she continued. "Is that stupid? What is it called — chicken by the sea or in the sea?"

Lachey informed his wife that she was indeed eating tuna.

"Chicken of the Sea is the brand," he said. "You know, 'cause a lot of people eat tuna, just like a lot of people eat chicken. Chicken of the Sea."

Simpson then explained the mix-up to her husband.

"Oh, I understand now. I read it wrong," she replied.

Simpson owned the moment and has shown she has no problems laughing at herself. This isn't the first time she has seized the opportunity to make a tuna-related joke.

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