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·         Subway Commits to More Vegan Options After Tuna Controversy

Is Subway expanding its vegan options? In the wake of the recent “no tuna” controversy, the chain says it’s adding more plant-based meals to its menu.

 

·         Our tuna is real tuna, Subway insists, rejecting exposé’s fishy DNA tests

Fast-food chain launches website defending the integrity of its fish sandwiches after New York Times investigation found ‘zero tuna’

 

 

Subway Commits to More Vegan Options After Tuna Controversy

Is Subway expanding its vegan options? In the wake of the recent “no tuna” controversy, the chain says it’s adding more plant-based meals to its menu.

 

by Jill Ettinger, VegNews  

July 19, 2021

 

Plant-based options might soon hit the menu at Subway in the United States, the chain revealed amidst a controversy involving its tuna sandwiches. In January, a lawsuit claimed that Subway, the world’s largest sandwich chain with more than 40,000 locations, was selling a “mixture of various concoctions” in its popular tuna sandwiches. The plaintiffs alleged that the hero ingredient wasn’t what it was being marketed as, but was instead, “made from anything but tuna.”

 

Then, last month, the New York Times revealed the results of its own analysis following the lawsuit. It sampled five-feet’s worth of Subway tuna sandwiches purchased from locations across Los Angeles. Its analysis also came to a similar conclusion as the lawsuit.

 

“No amplifiable tuna DNA was present in the sample and so we obtained no amplification products from the DNA,” read the lab results. “Therefore, we cannot identify the species.”

 

A spokesperson for the lab that tested the tuna told the Times that there are two conclusions. “One, it’s so heavily processed that whatever we could pull out, we couldn’t make an identification. Or we got some and there’s just nothing there that’s tuna.” 

 

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Our tuna is real tuna, Subway insists, rejecting exposé’s fishy DNA tests

Fast-food chain launches website defending the integrity of its fish sandwiches after New York Times investigation found ‘zero tuna’

 

Maya Yang, The Guardian (UK)

16 Jul 2021

 

In yet another twist in a fishy tale, the fast-food chain Subway is pushing back once again against its tuna critics, launching a website in defense of its popular sandwich.

 

The site, subwaytunafacts.com, declares in block capitals “Subway tuna is real tuna”, with real underlined, with the company countering a claim made in June by a New York Times investigation that Subway’s tuna may not, in fact, be real.

 

A New York Times-commissioned lab test earlier this year acquired over 60in worth of Subway tuna sandwiches from three Los Angeles stores and engaged a specialized fish-testing lab. The results failed to identify a species, having found no tuna DNA, the newspaper reported.

 

According to a lab spokesperson, the Times noted: “There’s two conclusions. One, it’s so heavily processed that whatever we could pull out, we couldn’t make an identification. Or we got some and there’s just nothing there that’s tuna.”

 

On its newly launched website, Subway rejects the premise of the story, stating:

 

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