Two California women claim Subway’s tuna sandwich actually contains not a “scintilla” of the fish — and that they were duped by the fast-food joint’s claims, a new $5 million lawsuit alleges.
[While questions have arisen before about the quality and wholesomeness of Subway ingredients, $5 million seems like a bit much. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. In the meantime, we advise avoiding ALL fast food, Subway included. – HH]
Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin say they ordered tuna from the sandwich giant at locations near their home as recently as last year, according to a federal lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California last week.
But “independent testing has repeatedly affirmed, the products are made from anything but tuna,” the court papers allege.
In fact, Subway’s tuna is “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,” the court documents claim.
Subway has done this in an effort to save money since the blended non-tuna product costs less, the filing alleges.
“Aware that consumers place a heightened value on tuna as an ingredient, defendants deliberately make false and misleading claims about the composition of the products to increase profits at the expense of unsuspecting buyers,” the suit charges.
Dhanowa and Amin “were tricked into buying food items that wholly lacked the ingredient they reasonably thought they were purchasing,” the court papers allege.
If they had known the truth, they wouldn’t have bought Subway’s tuna or they would have paid much less for it, the suit says.
They have brought claims of fraud, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment against the company …
A Subway spokesperson called the claims “baseless” and “frivolous,” adding that they “are being pursued without adequate investigation.”
“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 … ”