The latest question terrorizing sandwich chain Subway is “what’s in the tuna sandwich if it isn’t tuna?” They’re not real happy to be back in the headlines. A few years ago, their spokesman Jared Fogle turned out to be a child molester. More recently, the highest court in Ireland ruled that their buns “had too much sugar to meet the legal definition of bread.” Let them eat cake, but it doesn’t count for a tax break.
Subway insists it’s real tuna
In fairness, Subway totally denies the lawsuit claim filed by two California residents.
According to the documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, “In reality, the Products do not contain tuna nor have any ingredient that constitutes tuna,” Plaintiffs Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin allege.
The dissatisfied consumers describe how they were “tricked” by Subway into buying mislabeled food.
They claim to have hired “an independent lab” which tested “multiple samples” then determined that “the ingredients were not tuna and not fish.”
According to attorney Shalini Dogra, the alleged samples Subway tuna they sent off for testing “is actually ‘a mixture of various concoctions’ that have been blended together to give them the appearance of tuna.”
He wouldn’t actually say what the lab tells them those ingredients are.
Willing to pay for tuna
Consumers, especially in crystal crunching California are willing to shell out big bucks for seafood.
As stated in the lawsuit, Subway is attempting to “capitalize on the premium price consumers are willing to pay for tuna.” The mass market caterer is furious. They deny the charges categorically.
Corporate bigwigs exploded when they heard the news. Subway released a public statement declaring “there simply is no truth to the allegations in the complaint that was filed in California.” They’re a bunch of damn liars, administrators insist.
“The taste and quality of our tuna make it one of Subway’s most popular products and 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.”
“Subway delivers 100% 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.”
Not only that, “their restaurants serve only wild-caught tuna.” The call the lawsuit “a reckless and improper attack on Subway’s brand and goodwill.”