Safeway Sued Over Canned Tuna

Safeway Tuna

A $5 million class-action lawsuit filed on November 5 in San Francisco courts accuses Safeway of shortchanging customers who purchased private brand canned tuna. Ehder Soto of Aptos, Calif., said in court documents that government testing showed that cans.

The suit seeks $5 million in damages for anyone who purchased five-ounce cans of private brand Safeway Chunk Light Tuna in Water and Safeway Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water.

“I would not have purchased Safeway Chunk Light Tuna in Water if I had known that the cans were underfilled and underweight,” Soto stated in court documents.

The documents said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that 106 out of 108 Safeway tuna cans were underfilled. They averaged 2.29 ounces of pressed cake tuna, or 19.4 percent below the federally mandated minimum standard of fill — 2.84 ounces.

Another sampling showed that seven Safeway Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water cans were also short of tuna. “Of these tests, every individual can was below the minimum standard of fill,” according to the lawsuit.

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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the President of My Private Brand and the Co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, and consultant who has worked with Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro, Lowe’s, Food Lion, Hannaford and more building private brands. Durham has published five definitive books on private brands including his first book Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his latest book Vanguard: Vintage Originals a look at innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Laraine and two daughters Olivia and Sarah.