Loose seals the reason behind Bumble Bee tuna recall
San Diego company, Bumble Bee Foods, has announced the recall of specific codes of 5-ounce Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna products because the packaging does not meet the company’s standards for seal tightness, according to a company press release yesterday.
A list of the affected products can be found here. These products were distributed for retail sale nationwide between January 17, 2013 and February 28, 2013.
Loose seals or seams could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens and lead to illness if consumed.
Bumble Bee Foods SVP of Technical Services and Corporate Quality Assurance Steve Mavity said: “Due to can integrity concerns, our top priority at this time is to remove these recalled products from distribution as soon as possible. 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.”
Mavity added, “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.”
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product by disposing in the garbage.
For any questions concerning this voluntary recall or reimbursement, consumers can contact Bumble Bee Consumer Affairs 24 hours a day at (800) 800-8572.
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