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A miffed group of Trader Joe's shoppers has filed a class-action lawsuit against the popular grocery chain, claiming it's underfilling tuna cans by an amount that violates federal standards. The two allegedly bum cans — Albacore Tuna in Water Half Salt and Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil Salt Added — are technically five ounces in size, but the government only requires about three ounces of fish to be in them. The lawsuit, however, says recent tests conducted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that neither was the correct weight. Per its spot checks, cans of tuna in water reportedly contained an average of just 2.43 ounces, and cans of tuna in oil averaged 2.87 ounces. That comes to about 25 and 11 percent less bang for customers' buck, respectively.

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Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Packaged avocados destined for Trader Joes stores are readied for transport at Mission Produce in Oxnard. Photo by ^^^/Los Angeles Times (Photo by Steve Osman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: Shoppers enjoy the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 14: Trader Joe's, located on Colorado Blvd. and East 8th Avenue in Denver, is ready for its grand opening, February, 14 2014. Two other Trader Joe's locations in Colorado will also open today. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 14: Trader Joe's, located on Colorado Blvd. and East 8th Avenue in Denver, is ready for its grand opening, February, 14 2014. Two other Trader Joe's locations in Colorado will also open today. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: Dawn Moreno shops for yogurt as she enjoys the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 14: Trader Joe's, located on Colorado Blvd. and East 8th Avenue in Denver, is ready for its grand opening, February, 14 2014. Two other Trader Joe's locations in Colorado will also open today. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: Dawn Moreno shops for yogurt as she enjoys the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: A shopper looks over the meat selection as she visits the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: A shopper looks over the dairy section as she visits the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: Shoppers enjoy the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The lawsuit also notes that "nearly every single can" tested by the lab was underfilled. That can't bode well, if true. StarKist was hit with a class action earlier this year for selling tuna cans that were 7 and 17 percent shy of proper weight, and as part of that settlement, it was forced to pay outeither a $25 or a $50 voucher for more (now federally weight appropriate) tuna to people who bought even a single can.

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