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Wed May 15, 2019, 05:44 PM

U.S. consumers sue Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, StarKist over 'dolphin-safe' tuna claims

Source: Reuters

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAY 14, 2019 / 12:20 PM / UPDATED 16 HOURS AGO

U.S. consumers sue Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, StarKist over 'dolphin-safe' tuna claims

Jonathan Stempel
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(Reuters) - U.S. consumers sued Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea and StarKist, accusing the country’s three major packaged-tuna brands of deceiving them into thinking their tuna is caught only through “dolphin-safe” fishing practices.

The proposed class actions filed on Monday said the defendants employ fishing techniques that kill or harm dolphins, and do not always use safer, costlier pole-and-line and other methods used by such rivals as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

The consumers said this makes the defendants’ dolphin-safe labels false and misleading, violating the laws of several U.S. states including California, Florida, New Jersey and New York.

They also said StarKist violated federal racketeering law through its alleged dealings with foreign fishing companies.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tuna-lawsuits/u-s-consumers-sue-bumble-bee-chicken-of-the-sea-starkist-over-dolphin-safe-tuna-claims-idUSKCN1SK20M

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