Two San Francisco Bay Area residents have sued the Subway fast food chain, claiming the tuna is "anything but tuna" and that the name "tuna salad" is fraud and false advertising.
Plaintiffs Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin, two residents of Alameda County, claim in their lawsuit filed last week in the US District Court for the Northern District of California that Subway tried to "take advantage of the high price consumers are willing to pay." for tuna, "the East Bay Times reported.
Dhanowa and Amin had samples from several California restaurants analyzed and it was determined that the filling was "a mixture of different concoctions that do not form tuna, but are mixed by defendants to mimic the appearance of tuna," the complaint said. However, the complaint doesn't say exactly what the lab tests found instead of tuna.
In a statement, Subway said the allegations were "reckless and inappropriate" and that the company intended to "defend itself vigorously".
“The taste and quality of our tuna makes it one of Subway's most popular products and these unfounded allegations threaten to harm our franchisees, small business owners who work tirelessly to live up to Subway's high standards. all of its products, including tuna, ”the company said.
The plaintiffs are represented by Lanier Law Firm of Houston and Shalini Dogra of the Dogra Law Group of Santa Monica. The lawyers have not made their clients available for comment.
According to the lawsuit, Dhanowa and Amin's attorneys hope to get the claim certified as a class action, allowing other customers who purchased Subway's tuna sandwiches and wraps to join the case after January 21, 2017 in California.
The company said the lawsuit “ appears to be part of a trend in which the said plaintiffs' lawyers are targeting the food industry in an effort to make a name for itself ''.
Subway will vigorously defend itself against this and other unfounded attempts to misunderstand and tarnish the high quality products Subway and its franchisees provide to their customers, in California and around the world, and intends to combat these claims through all available avenues if they are not fired immediately, ”he said.
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