The Chicken of the Sea recall has expanded and now three different labels of tuna are under a recall for some of their products. This recall is due to the risk that certain cans of Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee or H-E-B may be contaminated. This is due to the malfunctioning of factory equipment where the brands are canned.
News Max reports on March 22 that Chicken of the Sea alone has recalled 107,000 cans or 2,745 cases of their product. Bumble Bee and H-E-B Tuna have also issued recalls of some of their tuna.
Chicken of the sea has recalled their 5-oz. cans of chunk light tuna in oil and chunk light tuna in water under the Chicken of the Sea brand, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. You can see the complete list of Chicken of the Sea recalled tuna here on the FDA website.
Many households in the nation have tuna in their kitchen cabinets and these are popular brands of tuna. The problem was found during a recent inspection. A part in one of the machines was malfunctioning, but that has been since fixed. MSN News reports that the Chicken of the Sea folks released a statement, which included:
“As soon as we discovered the issue, we took immediate steps to initiate this voluntary recall, alerting our retail customers that received the product and instructing them to remove it from store shelves.”
Bumble Bee Foods’ recall is posted on their website. This voluntary recall includes 31,579 cases of tuna, which was produced in February 2016. These 5-oz. cans of chunk light tuna were recalled because Bumble Bee’s cans were produced in a Chicken of the Sea’s facility in Georgia. The Hill Country Fare brand tuna also recalled 10,752 5-oz cans of tuna via H-E-B, as seen on the FDA posting for the Hill County Fare brand of tuna.
So far there have been no claims of illnesses, according to the FDA. This voluntary recall was deemed necessary by the individual companies due to the risk that this possible contamination could have been a potentially deadly problem. It is better to be safe than sorry, no matter how small the risk may be. The problem was related to a malfunction in the process of the commercial sterilization, which could have possibly lead to contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens.
Statements released about the recalled cans of tuna ask that consumers bring the cans back to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.