While not in the purview of our case area, we sometimes like to let our readers know about potential hazards stemming from defective products. We feel the best policy for representing the interests of consumers, workers and individuals is to identify problems before they arise.
Canned tuna fish is a staple of many pantries. It’s the quintessential go-to meal – put the canned tuna in bowl, mix in some mayo, mustard and relish, and you’ve got a quick meal.
A manufacturing/packing defect at Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea led the companies to recall over 3 million cans of tuna and chicken – loose seals on cans of these popular products can cause the fish to spoil, which can of course lead to illness.
As of last Wednesday, the recall was in fact expanded to include 2.4 million cans of Bumble Bee and just under 700,000 cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna. The Chicken of the Sea recall involves the company’s tuna in water and oil, and not just the tuna in water variety as first reported.
Senior V.P. of Bumble Bee Foods, Steve Mavity, comments “We’re voluntarily recalling products to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality.”
Specific products that fall under the recall were sold in 5-oz cans, and include:
- Bumble Bee Chunk Light and Chunk White Tuna in Water and Oil – sold between Jan. 17 and March 6th with a best-by date of Jan. 14 to Jan. 18, 2016
- Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Oil – sold between Jan. 23rd and Mar. 6th with a best-by date Jan. 15, 2017
- Chicken of the Sea Chunk White Tuna – sold between Feb. 4 and Feb. 27 with a best-by date of Jan. 18, 2017
Company spokesman are instructing customers and stores to discard these specific products. The company says it has corrected the issue, but to be safe, you should discard any Bumble Bee or Chicken of the Sea products purchased between mid-January and the first of March.
BE SAFE – if you have any questions, you can call Bumble Bee toll-free at (800) 800-8572 or Chicken of the Sea at (800) 597-5898.