Bumble Bee Recalls Chunk Tuna Over Worries About Cans

Thursday, 07 Mar 2013 11:24 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Bumble Bee Foods issued a voluntary recall Wednesday for its 5-ounce Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna products, acting on the company's concerns about seal tightness.

Though no instances of illness have been reported, Bumble Bee proactively issued the recall, saying the loose seals could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens and could possibly lead to food-borne sickness if consumed.

"Due to can integrity concerns, our top priority at this time is to remove these recalled products from distribution as soon as possible," Steve Mavity, Bumble Bee senior vice president of technical services and corporate quality assurance, said in a press release. "We are working closely with our sales team and with retailers to help expedite the recall. We must assure our consumers 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."

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The recall applies to specific codes of Bumble Bee canned tuna products distributed between Jan. 17 and Feb. 28.

"There have been no consumer reports of illnesses attributed to these products, but because we've identified an issue with seal tightness, we're voluntarily recalling products to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality," Mavity said.

Consumers who bought Bumble Bee tuna products listed in the recall are encouraged to call a hotline to request reimbursement.

Food recalls are relatively common. In February, Smithfield Packing Company issued a recall for 38,000 pounds of pork sausage after learning there were bits of plastic in the meat.

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Similarly, that same month Lean Cuisine pulled back its ravioli frozen dinner entrées when customers reported finding bits of glass in the food.

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