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NorCal Lawsuit Claims Subway’s Tuna ‘Is Not Fish’

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A lawsuit claims that the tuna sandwich at Subway isn’t tuna at all
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  • The Washington Post reports that Alameda Country residents Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin have filed a lawsuit against sandwich chain Subway, alleging that the restaurant’s tuna sandwiches aren’t actually made with tuna. According to the suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the plaintiffs took “multiple samples” of the chain’s tuna-monikered subs to a lab, which determined that “the ingredients were not tuna and not fish.” Instead, says the suit, the sandwiches contained “a mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna, yet have been blended together by defendants to imitate the appearance of tuna.” This isn’t the first time the restaurant’s ingredients have come under scrutiny, as a suit filed in late 2020 claims that the meat Subway bills as chicken is actually a chicken/soy hybrid. Subway disputes the latest claim, saying that “our restaurants receive pure tuna, mix it with mayonnaise and serve on a freshly made sandwich to our guests.”
  • The artist responsible for Anchor’ Brewing’s branding for the last 45 years is very diplomatic about the beer company’s controversial new labels. [SF Chronicle]
  • Anchor also responded to the backlash with an Instagrammed defense. [SF Gate]
  • The owners of Cafe Flore are opening a cannabis shop across the street, but for now the restaurant remains closed. [Hoodline]