Sandwich chain Subway has angrily dismissed claims that its tuna sub contains no tuna, or even fish of any kind.
According to a recent lawsuit filed in a California District Court the ingredient described as “tuna” that’s used in the chain’s sandwiches and wraps containing absolutely no tuna.
Former Subway customers Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin are hoping to sign up thousands of others who bought Subway tuna sandwiches on or after January 21, 2017, so they can bring a class action suit against the international chain.
They say they want to sue Subway for fraud, intentional misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and other claims under US law.
Shalini Dogra, who leads the legal team bringing the complaint, claims that Subway’s tuna is “a mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna, yet have been blended together by defendants to imitate the appearance of tuna”.
“We found that the ingredients were not tuna and not fish,” the lawyer said in an email to The Washington Post.
The complainants have yet to reveal what they think the “tuna” actually is.
A spokesperson for Subway UK & Ireland spokesperson told the Daily Star: “There simply is no truth to the allegations in the complaint that was filed in California. 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.”
They went on to describe the two Bay area residents’ claims as “baseless” and made it clear that Subway intends to fight this “reckless and improper attack on Subway’s brand and goodwill.”
The statement concludes: “We take the quality of our food very seriously and, as a member of the International Pole & Line Foundation, our restaurants in the UK and Ireland receive 100% pole-line caught, skipjack tuna, which is mixed with light mayonnaise. It is then served on a freshly made sandwich or added to our salads for our guests to enjoy.”