NYT Lab Test Finds No Identifiable Tuna DNA in Subway’s Tuna Sandwich


It’s the great tuna debate. Is there really tuna in Subway’s tuna sandwich or not? Subway says yes. Some lab tests say no.

The controversy started in January when two college students in California filed a lawsuit against Subway. The students claim that there isn’t any tuna in the tuna sandwiches at Subway. Lab tests confirmed their claim. No tuna was found in Subway’s tuna salad. According to the lab tests, instead of actual tuna, the tuna salad appears to be a “mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna, yet have been blended together by [Subway] to imitate the appearance of tuna.”

Subway claims that there is in fact tuna in their tuna sandwich. According to a Subway representative, “The taste and quality of our tuna make it one of Subway’s most popular products and these baseless accusations threaten to damage our franchisees, small business owners who work tirelessly to uphold the high standards that Subway sets for all of its products, including its tuna.”

Subway responded to the accusation by offering a discount on their tuna sandwich and stating, “Our tuna salad is 100% tuna mixed with mayo.” The ad went on to claim the tuna is “100% real wild caught tuna.”

In February, Inside Edition did it’s own independent test of Subway’s tuna salad. This time, the Subway sandwiches were from three different Subway locations in New York, and the tuna salad was tested in Florida. The test verified that there is in fact tuna in the tuna salad.

So, is it really tuna or not? The New York Times decided to do its own test. This time, the tuna was purchased from three Subway locations in Los Angeles. The Times purchased a total of 60 inches of tuna sandwiches. After collecting the sandwiches, a reporter froze the tuna and sent it to a lab where it was tested.

One month later, the results were in. According to this recent test, there isn’t any tuna in Subway’s tuna sandwich. Watch the video below for more details.


It’s interesting to note that the tuna controversy started in California where two college students claimed that the tuna isn’t really tuna. The “tuna” tested by the New York Times also came from Subway locations in California. In both cases, no actual tuna was found in the tuna salad during lab tests. However, when the tuna salad from Subway locations in New York was tested, the lab results confirmed that there is actually tuna in the tuna salad. Is the mixture different in California than in New York?

Do you think there is tuna in Subway’s tuna sandwich?