Early in January 2021 a lawsuit was filed against fast food sandwich giant SUBWAY, over claims that it mislabeled its tuna as tuna. It got everyone curious enough that even one of The New York Times’s journalists put that lawsuit’s claims to the test.

Here’s the lawsuit as explained by YouTuber Steve Lehto:

So, according to the journalist from NYT, Julia Carmel, she bought more than 60 inches worth of Subway tuna sandwiches from three different Subway locations around Los Angeles; removed, and froze the tuna meat – then shipped it across the country to a commercial food testing lab. She then spent weeks chatting with tuna experts and waited until the lab results came back.

Source: Julia Carmel, NYT

When the lab results came back, this was what they had to say:

Source: Julia Carmel, NYT

In layman’s terms, the alleged “tuna” has been processed so much that the DNA has been broken down into unidentifiability – it’s basically “MYSTERY MEAT” at this point. The kind you’d use to wonder what the heck they were serving at lunch at any school cafeteria.

Subway, whilst still fighting the lawsuit, has dismissed the allegations – and the independent testing by NYT – as baseless.

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