Subway Doubles Down With WebsiteSubway has again fought back against claims from the masses that its tuna isn’t real by creating the website called subwaytunafacts.com. “[The website] will take you through all the science … You can see every bit of the story there, and I think that will obviously put the facts out there and clarify all these misconceptions,” said John Chidsey, CEO of Subway, during an interview with CNN. Chidsey even said that he “absolutely” eats Subway tuna sandwiches in defense of the brand and its iconic sandwich.
Lawsuit Recently FiledLast January, a class-action lawsuit claims that Subway made false claims regarding its tuna meat. The class-action lawsuit also says that the company is making its tuna with a mixture of “various concoctions” rather than real tuna. The food chain lawsuit then switched claims in June, saying to focus more on the type of tuna that the brand is serving. Subway went on the defense by saying that the new claims are false and have no proof or merit to what they say.
Website Up NowThe Subway website said: “Subway tuna is real tuna … That’s right. The truth is, Subway uses wild-caught skipjack tuna regulated by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA).” It goes on to say that the tuna has always been of high-quality and premium stock for the brand’s sub lovers. The website gave all the details and processes as to how they make their tuna. They regularly test its tuna and have two suppliers for its US stores that require boat captains to provide official statements. The statements include what type of species were caught, how they were caught, and where.
Myth BustedA recent article from The New York Times said that after sending samples to scientists, there was no trace of actual tuna. The story behind this is that the publisher sent some of Subway’s tuna to a commercial lab to be analyzed. The result showed that “no amplifiable tuna DNA was present in the sample.” Subway countered by saying that what happened was that, according to scientific experts, it is not unusual to test cooked tuna. Even without traces of tuna present, it doesn’t mean it contained zero tuna.
The website is another attempt by Subway to inform the masses that its tuna is indeed real to counter all the naysayers with concrete evidence, at least if the website is to be believed.
Written by Alec G.