StarKist Under Fills Tuna Cans and Must Pay Back Consumers

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Tuna maker, StarKist, has just settled a class action lawsuit after under filling their cans, promising to pay tuna shoppers $25 in cash or give them $50 in tuna vouchers.

The lawsuit was started by Oakland, California resident, Patrick Hendricks, who had independent testing done on the StarKist tuna cans to prove that they did not contain a sufficient amount of fish.

Federal law states that a 5-ounce can of StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Water must contain at least 2.84 ounces of tuna, but StarKist had only been putting an average of 2.35 ounces in their cans. This is 13.8% less than the federal requirements.

Similarly, a 5-ounce can of StarKist Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water contained only 3.01 ounces of tuna when it should have contained 3.23 ounces. This is 6.8% below the requirement. The other varieties of StarKist tuna were also found to be below the federal requirement.

As a result, StarKist must pay up to $8 million in cash to consumers and $4 million in tuna vouchers. They will either give shoppers $25 in cash or a $50 voucher for StarKist tuna – the choice being left up to the consumer.

Residents of the United States who bought any of the following four varieties of StarKist tuna between February 2009 and October 2014 are eligible to make a claim:

  • StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Water
  • StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Oil
  • StarKist Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water
  • StarKist Solid White Albacore Tuna in Oil

To make a claim, visit: https://www.tunalawsuit.com

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