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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Julia Carmel, New York Times: Subway -- the world's largest sandwich chain -- is currently facing a class-action lawsuit in the state of California that claims its tuna sandwiches "are completely bereft of tuna as an ingredient." ... I procured more than 60 inches worth of Subway tuna sandwiches. I removed and froze the tuna meat, then shipped it across the country to a commercial food testing lab. I spent weeks chatting with tuna experts. I waited, and waited, until the lab results came back. Here's what I found.



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Subway isn't even a subway. Just sayin'

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-06-19 11:08 AM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

There was a paywall for me, so I searched and found this:

The Big Tuna Sandwich Mystery


...The Lab Results

Finally, after more than a month of waiting, the lab results arrived.

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

The spokesman from the lab offered a bit of analysis. "There's two conclusions," he said. "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." (Subway declined to comment on the lab results.)

To be fair, when Inside Edition sent samples from three Subway locations in Queens out for testing earlier this year, the lab found that the specimens were, indeed, tuna.

With all testing, there are major caveats to consider. Once tuna has been cooked, its protein becomes denatured " meaning that the fish's characteristic properties have likely been destroyed, making it difficult, if not impossible, to identify.

All of the people I spoke with also questioned why Subway would swap out its tuna.

"I don't think a sandwich place would intentionally mislabel," Mr. Rudie from Catalina Offshore Products said. "They're buying a can of tuna that says tuna.' If there's any fraud in this case, it happened at the cannery."

Peter Horn, the director of the Ending Illegal Fishing Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, agreed that it would be difficult to place blame on Subway if this were the case.

"In the defense of Subway, or quite a lot of these fishmongers, the further you get the fish from the bone, the harder it is to recognize what that fish is," he said.

"Most of us see the fish on the bone, skin intact, and we can recognize what sort of fish that is," he continued. "You drop the head and the tail off, it becomes more difficult, but you can still probably recognize it. You take the skin off it, you take it off the bone and you cut it into slices then you're only sort of saying, Right, what's the color and texture?'"...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-19 11:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nag nag nag. Just eat it and shut up.

#3 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2021-06-19 11:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

My philosophy is: When in doubt, let it go. Give it a pass. Say say aidos, Charlie. Nobody is twisting your arm. There are dozens of other choices.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-06-19 12:38 PM | Reply

Subway: I remember the first subway in New Haven Ct back in the day circa 1968.
There were so many mom and pop groceries that made big beautiful italian Grinders
that you could eat one from a new store everyday. Now it is subway and their clones
all the way down and they all are pale imitations of the Meatball, Sausage and broccoli,
and all the other flavors of Italian charcuterie on a wonderful Italian bread.

Bad sandwiches driving out the good. I never have and never will eat at a subway.

#5 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2021-06-19 02:34 PM | Reply

Why would anyone go to Subway for 'tuna'? Never mind, the same folks who go to Taco Bell (unless you are hung over and then all is forgiven) for real beef tacos. I agree with #5. I drive past three Subways to get to a locally owned deli for real subs and sandwiches.

#6 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2021-06-19 03:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Anyone eating corporatized fast food SHOULD already now they're in for some shenanigans. This comes as no surprise. When I get a sandwich 99% of the time it's from a local bakery/sandwich shop. The only fast food I can even stomach anymore is Wendy's and I have no idea what they're feeding me. The rest of it makes me feel ill.

#7 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-06-19 04:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

One goes to Taco Bell when one is extremely stoved up. That's the ONLY reason.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2021-06-19 04:34 PM | Reply


#9 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-06-19 05:11 PM | Reply

When I'm driving long distances, I stop at a Subway somewhere along a freeway and buy a foot long tuna sub, halves wrapped separately. Tastes like tuna to me. And it's the healthiest choice they offer, IMO. Toasted wheat, provolone, tomato, banana peppers, olives, and sweet onion teriyaki sauce is how I usually have 'em made up.

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-06-20 03:41 AM | Reply

And, ya, I grew up where you could get killer subs at mom & pop shops, so I know Subway isn't the best, but it's convenient when I'm driving down long distance on a freeway. Especially in this day of COVID when it isn't wise to stop at exit ramp restaurants where yokels who won't mask or vax eat.

#11 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-06-20 04:01 AM | Reply

My first time at a small local deli I order a whole (thinking a 12 inch from Subway) sandwich on wheat. When I get the sandwich I asked WTF is that?

Whole sandwich is 1lb. of meat, half sandwich 1/2lb. of meat.

Took a doggy bag home and had 7 more sandwiches the next few days.

#12 | Posted by FSUknowit at 2021-06-20 08:11 PM | Reply

#5 - if you have never eaten at a Subway, how do you know they're bad?

#13 | Posted by jakester at 2021-06-21 11:53 AM | Reply

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