According to a lawsuit launched by two women from the San Francisco Bay Area, Subway’s tuna sandwich contains “anything but tuna,” stating that the company is promoting fraud and false advertisement.
The $5 million lawsuit, which California residents Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin filed on Jan. 21, states that the fast-food chain attempted to “capitalize on the premium price consumers are willing to pay for tuna”.
While Subway claims that their tuna sandwich is made with “flaked tuna [and] mixed with mayo,” the lawsuit states that Subway’s tuna is actually “made from a mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna”.
The lawsuit, which was filed through the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, states that Subway’s tuna is blended to “imitate the appearance of tuna” while having “no scintilla of tuna at all”.
The plaintiffs are claiming “emotional distress” in their lawsuit for being “tricked” into purchasing and consuming a sandwich that was falsely advertised.
A Subway spokesperson and the director of Global PR, Maggie Truax, said in an interview to CBS that “there is simply no truth to the allegations in the complaint that was filed”.
Claiming that the allegations are “improper” and “reckless”, the spokesperson added that “this lawsuit is part of a trend in which the named plaintiffs’ attorneys have been targeting the food industry in an effort to make a name for themselves in that space”.
This is not the first time that Subway has faced legal challenges about its food. In September 2020, Ireland’s Supreme Court ruled that the sandwiches were ‘too sugary’ to be classified as bread.
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