Bumble Bee Tuna Recall: What Kind Of Tuna Is Being Recalled And Why

By Staff Reporter on March 7, 2013 9:43 AM EST

Bumbel Bee Tuna
Five ounce cans of Bumble Bee Tuna are being recalled. The specific brands are the Chunk White Albacore, shown here, and Chunk Light Tuna with specific product codes. (Photo: Bumblebee.com)

Bumble Bee Foods LLC is recalling cans of tuna because of the risk it could spoil.

The company said on Wednesday that some seals on the cans may not be tight enough to keep the can completely closed. Loose seals on tuna cans may let pathogens in and spoil the tuna, making those who eat the contaminated tuna sick.

The Bumble Bee products that are part of the recall are five ounce cans of Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna. There are distinct codes of the products that are part of the voluntary recall. The reason it is due to the fact that there has not been any reported illness caused by the tuna so far.

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"Due to can integrity concerns, our top priority at this time is to remove these recalled products from distribution as soon as possible," said Steve Mavity, senior vice president of Technical Services and Corporate Quality Assurance at Bumble Bee Foods,in a statement on the company's website.

"We are working closely with our sales team and with retailers to help expedite the recall. We must assure our consumer and retailers of a safe and quality product so we very much appreciate everyone's part in disposing of the products with the specific codes indicated."

To view the specific codes, please click here to get to the FDA website with the information.

The tainted cans of tuna were distributed and sold at stores all around the country between the dates Jan. 17 and Feb. 28. They also have a "best by" date of Jan. 2016.

People who have purchased the recalled products should throw them out. Those with questions about the recall or the refund from Bumble Bee, should contact Bumble Bee Consumer Affairs, available 24 hours a day, at (800) 800-8572.

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