Bumble Bee foods as well as Tri-Union Seafoods are voluntarily recalling canned chunk light tuna because of possible health risks. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled tuna at this time.
The recalls are related according to Steve Mavity, Bumble Bee’s senior vice president, technical services and corporate quality. “Bumble Bee recalled specific codes of canned Chunk Light Tuna produced in Chicken of the Sea’s Georgia production facility, a third-party supplier for Bumble Bee,” Mavity said.
“These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed,” both companies said in separate statements.
“During a routine inspection, it was discovered there was a malfunction in a machinery part. That part has been replaced, and the proper functionality of the machine verified,” said John DeBeer, vice president of Quality and Compliance for Chicken of the Sea.
Due to the malfunction, and the nature of the potential illness, both companies are working with the FDA and voluntarily recalling all cases of tuna produced from February through March 16th. Each company put out their own press release.
Bumble Bee is recalling 31,579 cases of the canned tuna with UPC codes 8660000020, 8660000021 and 8660000736. They were produced in February 2016 and distributed nationally. The company said they could pose a possible health risk because of “process deviations” which occurred in a packing facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee.
Tri-Union Seafoods is recalling 2,745 cases of Chicken of the Sea brand canned tuna because it might be undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, according to manufacturer Tri-Union Seafoods. The recalled UPC codes are 0 4800000195 5 and 0 4800000245 7. They were produced between February 10, 2016 and March 16, 2016.
If you have any of the recalled products they have asked that you throw them away. For any questions about the recall or if you want more information about reimbursement, you can contact Bumble Bee at 888-820-1947 and Tri-Union Seafoods at 866-600-2681.