Subway launches an entire website to address #tunagate

They're very determined

9w ago

Subway – the world famous fast food chain that specializes in sandwiches – states on its website that the tuna it uses for its sandwiches is real.

However, The Sunday Times began investigating the matter by purchasing a tuna sandwich from Subway and sending the tuna sample to a lab that specializes in fish testing. The newspaper reports that, according to the lab, "no amplifiable tuna DNA was present in the sample and so we obtained no amplification products from the DNA. Therefore, we cannot identify the species".

It all began in January 2021, when The Washington Post reported Subway was facing a lawsuit regarding the actual origins of the tuna they use and after that, The Washington Post story and The Sunday Times investigation, Subway decided they'd had enough and launch a website to address the 'tunagate'.

According to - this is the website - Subway says: "What actually happened is that the New York Times commissioned a test that couldn’t detect tuna DNA in their sample. According to scientific experts, this is not unusual when testing cooked tuna and it absolutely doesn’t mean the sample that was tested contained zero tuna."

In addition to that, you'll find detailed information as to where they source their fish, their quality control processes as well as info about the margin of error in lab test. It seems they're really determined to prove their tuna is real.

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Comments (4)

  • What I want to know is why people even ordered tuna subs?

      2 months ago
  • Looks like tuna, tastes like tuna.... I was a fishmonger for several years in the 90's and nothing tastes like tuna except tuna. JS

      2 months ago
  • I say this every time I see this, but you can't get testable DNA from a cooked sample. The results of the test are worthless as it was the wrong test, and any reputable lab would have told them that.

    If you want to test if the fish on the menu is the fish they say it is, you will need a raw sample. If you sample isn't raw you aren't doing science, you're scaremongering for views.

      2 months ago
  • Subway has launched a whole website to prove their tuna is tuna @tribe

      2 months ago