More than 31,000 cases of Bumble Bee tuna products are being recalled because of spoilage organisms or pathogens that could result in life-threatening illness.
The company issued a notice through the Food and Drug Administration, saying the canned chunk light tuna was produced in February and distributed to retailers nationally. The recall is related to a deviation in the commercial sterilization process at a co-pack facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee.
“The recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution due to the possible under-processing of the affected products discovered by the co-packer during its routine quality audit,” the company said. “Bumble Bee is working closely with the co-packer and the FDA to expedite the removal of products from commerce.”
Bumble Bee has not received any reports of illnesses and urges consumers to throw away the tuna.
For information about the recall or reimbursement details, call 888-820-1947 from 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET all week.
Tri-Union Seafoods LLC has also recalled 2,745 cases (or 107,280 cans) of five-ounce Chicken of the Sea canned chunk light tuna in oil and water.
“This recall has been initiated because the product may have been undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, which was uncovered during a routine inspection,” a statement on the FDA website reads. “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.”
Like Bumble Bee, Tri-Union Seafoods said it has not received any reports of illness in connection to the products sold from Feb. 18 to March 16.