In May 2019, a class-action lawsuit
was filed against Chicken of the Sea for allegedly misleadingly labeling its tuna products as being “Dolphin Safe” and sustainably sourced when, according to plaintiffs, dolphins and other marine life are killed and harmed by the fishing methods used to catch the tuna in the products. The company also allegedly represents that it works with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and that its products are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council when, according to the complaint, these organizations are not independent or impartial, and do not support the banning or control of unsustainable fishing methods. (Duggan et al v. Tri-Union Seafood LLC dba Chicken of the Sea International, Inc.
, Case No. 19-cv-2562, N. D. CA.)
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