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Are Subway’s tuna sandwiches made with real tuna? A California lawsuit alleges ‘No’

The allegation states the meat is made with “a mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna”

A Subway restaurant is shown Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in St. Louis. FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog.
A Subway restaurant is shown Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in St. Louis. A California lawsuit alleges Subway’s tuna sandwiches aren’t made with real tuna.
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California residents Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin believe something fishy is going on at Subway, and they’re taking their suspicions to court.

What happened?

Claiming there’s no tuna in Subway’s tuna sandwich meat, the two women filed a lawsuit against the national sandwich chain for fraud, intentional misrepresentation and unjust enrichment, Today reports.

According to CBS News, Dhanowa and Amin allege they’ve been “tricked into buying food items that wholly lacked the ingredients they reasonably thought they were purchasing.”

The lawsuit asserts that, through independent testing, it has been revealed that Subway’s tuna filling “has no scintilla of tuna at all. In fact, the products entirely lack any trace of tuna as a component, let alone the main or predominant ingredient,” via USA Today.

The allegation continues, “On the contrary, the products are made from a mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna, yet have been blended together by Defendants to imitate the appearance of tuna,” via Today.

Subway responds

In a statement provided by Subway spokesperson Maggie Truax, the fast food chain outrightly denies the allegations:

“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,” Truax stated, USA Today reports.

She added, “Subway will vigorously defend itself against these and any other baseless efforts to mischaracterize and tarnish the high-quality products that Subway and its franchisees provide to their customers, in California and around the world, and intends to fight these claims through all available avenues if they are not immediately dismissed,” (via Today).

Have we been here before?

In October, Subway made headlines when an Irish court ruled that the restaurant’s bread is too sugary to be considered bread. In 2017, a Subway lawsuit was tossed out after a patron tried suing the restaurant for selling footlong sandwiches that were only 11 inches long.