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Recall expanded to 51,000 cases
Bumble Bee Foods' canned tuna recall is turning out bigger than anticipated, as the company announced late Thursday that it would be more than doubling the amount of canned tuna recalled over concerns about contamination and spoilage.
According to Yahoo News, the recall was initiated voluntarily when the company discovered that a manufacturing error was leading to some cans being improperly sealed, which could allow pathogens to get in and spoil the tuna. No illnesses were reported, but spoiled tuna is not something a person wants to take a risk on consuming.
The initial recall targeted Bumble Bee brand and Brunswick brand 5-ounce cans of chunk white albacore in water and chunk light tuna in water and vegetable oil with a "best by" date of between January 16, 2016, and January 18, 2016. The recall now covers all cans with "best by" dates between January 14, 2016, and January 18, 2016.
The additional two days bring the total of recalled tuna cans to 51,000 cases, up from the 22,500 cases announced Wednesday. There are 24-48 cans of tuna per case, so a whole lot of tuna is going to have to go back to its maker.
Tuna cans recalled over potential for life-threatening illness
Makers of two brands of canned tuna fish have recalled 5-ounce cans due to the potential for contamination that could cause life-threatening illness.
Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, maker of Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee Foods LLC both said they were not immediately aware of reports of illnesses associated with the products.
Bumble Bee announced Tuesday the recall of 31,579 cases of tuna fish that were produced in February and distributed nationwide. Tri-Union followed with an announcement Wednesday that it was recalling 2,745 cases of Chicken of the Sea, equal to 107,280 cans.
Steve Mavity, senior vice president for technical services and corporate quality for Bumble Bee Seafoods, explained in a statement: "Bumble Bee recalled specific codes of canned Chunk Light Tuna produced in Chicken of the Sea's Georgia production facility, a third-party supplier for Bumble Bee."
In both brands' cases, deviation from the commercial sterilization process could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Here are the details of the recalled cans:
Bumble Bee announced March 16, 2016, the recall of 31,579 cases of tuna fish that were produced in February and distributed nationwide. (Courtesy photos | For lehighvalleylive.com)
The Bumble Bee recall applies to cans marked with a code beginning with T and the following additional identifying information:
UPC-label 8660000020, 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna in water with best-by dates of 02/10/2019, 02/16/2019, 02/17/2019, 02/18/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/23/2019 and 02/25/2019.
UPC-label 8660000021, 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna in oil with a best-by date of 02/23/2019.
UPC-label 8660000736, four-packs of 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna in water with best-by dates of 02/9/2019, 02/10/2019, 02/22/2019 and 02/29/2019.
Tri-Union announced March 17, 2016, it was recalling 2,745 cases of Chicken of the Sea, equal to 107,280 cans. (Courtesy photos | For lehighvalleylive.com)
Chicken of the Sea
The Chicken of the Sea recall applies to 5-ounce canned chunk light tuna in water sold at retailers nationwide in single cans between Feb. 18 and March 16 with a UPC code of 0 4800000245 7 and best-by dates of 2/18/19, 2/22/19, 2/23/19, 2/25/19, 3/2/19 and 3/3/19.
The lot codes for these dates are 6OJEB SCAEB for 2/18/19 6OJCB SCAFB for 2/18/19 6ONEB SCAIB for 2/22/19 6OOFZ SCAFB for 2/23/19 6ORDB SCAFB for 2/25/19 6ORAB SCAFB for 2/25/19 6L2CB SCAFB for 3/2/19 6L32B SCAEB for 3/3/19 6L33B SCAEB for 3/3/19 6L35B SCAEB for 3/3/19 and 6L3CB SCAEB for 3/3/19.
Also recalled are Chicken of the Sea 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna in oil sold at retailers nationwide in single cans between Feb. 10 and March 16 with a UPC code of 0 4800000195 5 and best-by date of 2/10/19.
The lot codes for these dates are 6OA3Z SCEES for 2/10/19 6OAAZ SCEES for 2/10/19 6OABZ SCEEB for 2/10/19 and 6OACZ SCEEB for 2/10/19.
No other lots of either product are affected by the recall, according to the manufacturers.
Bumble Bee advises consumers to throw away the recalled product. Consumers looking for more information on reimbursement or who have questions about the recall may contact Bumble Bee at 888-820-1947 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST seven days a week, or visit www.bumblebee.com/recall-march-2016.
The Chicken of the Sea manufacturer says consumers may return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Anyone with questions or concerns about this recall can call the 24-hour recall information line at 866-600-2681.
Bumble Bee Recalls Tuna for Possible Contamination
Bumble Bee Foods said it is recalling some of its canned tuna ‘out of abundance of caution due to the possible under-processing of the affected products.’ No illnesses have been reported.
Bumble Bee Foods LLC said Wednesday it is recalling some of its canned tuna, citing deviations in the sterilization process in a packing facility it doesn’t own or operate.
The company said the deviations could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. No illnesses have been reported.
The recall, which extends to three specific UPCs of Bumble Bee canned Chunk Light tuna, includes 31,579 cases that were produced last month and distributed nationally.
”The recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution due to the possible under-processing of the affected products discovered by the co-packer during its routine quality audit,” Bumble Bee said in a statement.
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Bumble Bee Foods has issued a nationwide recall of 31,579 cases of its 5oz canned Chunk Light Tuna due to “spoilage organisms or pathogens” that could lead to serious illness.
The recall comes after the company detected improper sterilization at a third-party packing facility. It affects cases of tuna produced in February and refers to specific batch codes.
“The recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution due to the possible under-processing of the affected products,” said Bumble Bee in its product recall notice. “Bumble Bee is working closely with the co-packer and the FDA to expedite the removal of products from commerce.”
No injuries or illnesses have been reported yet, and anyone who may have bought or consumed the impacted product should call Bumble Bee at (888) 820-1947.
Tuna is sealed in a can or pouch and heated to kill any bacteria that would otherwise contaminate the product. The Boston.com news site explains that canned tuna requires a higher temperate for proper processing than tuna in a pouch. Tuna pouches are made from the same foil and polymer film as military "meals ready to eat," and heat penetrates this thin material more quickly. Canned tuna needs added water to block out air inside the can. No water is added to tuna pouches, although you find some liquid inside that comes from the fish itself. Pouch tuna may need more mayonnaise when used for salad because of the reduced liquid, according to Chicago Tribune writer CeCe Sullivan.
In an age when eating fresh, eating local is so widely preached, it’s difficult to recall that canned goods were a centerpiece staple here just a generation ago.
READING THE LABEL
To some degree this was an after-effect of World War II when military service took farmers and backyard gardeners away from the soil, and women left the kitchen for war work. But canned foods had already made inroads before the war, especially in rural households without refrigeration.
One product in particular appeared in every cupboard: canned tuna.
Tuna noodle casserole. Tuna melts. Mac salad with tuna. Tuna a la King. Tuna loaf. Tuna dip. Tuna, tuna, tuna.
Most often, that tuna was Coral brand, which at one time was canned right here. (Now owned by Bumble Bee, the tuna comes today from Asian waters.) In the s and s, not a Wednesday went by that newspapers didn’t advertise Coral, and few food sections were without a tuna recipe. Hawaii is still tremendously loyal to Coral, in part because it’s so often on sale.
Coral packed in oil is the tuna of choice in my house. When I stand overwhelmed and confused in front of the supermarket shelves packed with choices, I tend to run home to mama. I know what Coral tuna tastes like it’s salty-rich flavor and tender texture are the taste of home.
Some years ago, nutritionists began touting the benefits of water-packed tuna, but I — like Julia Child, who was a vociferous foe of the stuff — can’t stand it. I find it thin, tinny-tasting and dry. I’d rather trade calories for flavor and texture.
But a couple of weeks ago, I set out to familiarize myself with the tuna shelf at my local Safeway. And, guess what, I’ll still be buying Coral, though I did like a couple of others.
I set out on the Great Tuna Comparison by opening the nine cans I had brought home. All but one were water-packed the exception was StarKist tuna fillet in olive oil meant to mimic Italy’s premium canned tuna. (Foodland carries authentic Italian brands, and I prefer them, but StarKist isn’t bad.)
The range of colors and textures was amazing, from cream-colored, striated tuna that looked as though the fish had been cross-cut right from the body to mushy, anonymous bits in shades of pink, yellow and gray.
After each had been photographed, I emptied the cans and weighed the liquid and meat to see how much loss there would be when the tuna was drained. Here, I found greater uniformity: Most cans contained at least 5 ounces of meat, with anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 ounces of liquid. (All were labeled 6 ounces, but some contained a bit more weight.)
It was in the taste and mouth feel that the brands differed most.
Of the nine, only four passed my taste test. Two (StarKist Chunk White Albacore and Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Solid White Albacore) were so bad — fishy, metallic-tasting, stringy-dry — I couldn’t swallow them.
My favorites: Coral Chunk Light and StarKist Solid Light Tuna Fillet in Olive Oil (both silky and rich), and Chicken of the Sea Solid White Albacore (a very steaky type that I would use for salads, when you want the tuna in pieces, not bits).
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Bumble Bee recalls more than 31,000 cases of tuna due to spoilage concerns
WASHINGTON – Bumble Bee has announced a recall of about 31,500 cases of tuna due to concerns about spoilage.
The Food and Drug Administration and Bumble Bee announced the recall on Wednesday, saying that “process deviations” during the sterilization process in a packing facility not owned by Bumble Bee led to concerns that the tuna may spoil and cause life-threatening illness.
There have been no reports of illness associated with the tuna, Bumble Bee said.
The tuna subject to the recall were produced last month. They are:
- 5 oz. cans of Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water, with a label UPC of 8660000020 and expiration dates Feb. 10 and Feb. 25, 2019
- 5 oz. cans of Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Oil, with a UPC of 8660000021 and an expiration date of Feb. 23, 2019
- Four-packs of 5 oz. cans of Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water, with a UPC of 8660000736 and expiration dates of Feb. 9-10. Feb. 22 and Feb. 29, 2019.
The company says that if you have any of these cans, just throw them away. If you have any questions about reimbursement or any other aspect of the recall, call them at (888) 820-1947 or click on the Bumble Bee page here.
Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea recall canned tuna due to possible spoilage
UPDATED 5:14 p.m. Thursday -- Chicken of the Sea and Tri-Union Seafoods LLC announced Thursday it was recalling 2,745 cases of canned tuna due to a malfunction in equipment that could result in spoilage of the product.
The FDA says the spoilage could result in contamination by organisms that could cause a life-threatening illness if consumed.
Click here to see a list of UPC codes (bar codees) that have been recalled.
EARLIER -- Bumble Bee Foods is recalling more than 31,500 cases of canned tuna "out of an abundance of caution," the company announced Wednesday .
According to Bumble Bee's website , three UPC codes of canned Chunk Light tuna are being recalled because of "process deviations" in the commercial sterilization process that "could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed." No illnesses have been reported in connection with the tuna.
The affected products, which were produced in February, include the UPC code 8660000020, 8660000021 or 8660000736, as well as a "can code" that starts with T. Click here for a complete list of the recalled products and their "best by" dates.
Bumble Bee Foods recalls 31,579 cans of tuna for possible spoilage
Despite the recall, no illnesses have yet been reported.
Bumble Bee Foods recalled 31,579 cans of chunk light tuna in water and in vegetable oil on Wednesday, due to possible contamination at a packing facility that may have exposed the tuna to "spoilage organisms."
The "process deviations" that caused the exposure took place at a packing facility not owned by Bumble Bee. The tuna cans in question all have "best by" dates during the month of February.
The United States Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that Bumble Bee issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution," but still advised throwing away tuna cans with the label numbers listed below.
"These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed," the FDA said.
Bumble Bee to Pay $6 Million Over Employee Cooked in Tuna Oven
Bumble Bee Foods will pay $6 million in the 2012 death of an employee who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna — the biggest settlement ever in a California for workplace safety violations involving a single victim, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Jose Melena, 62, was loading a 35-foot-long oven at the company's Santa Fe Springs plant before dawn Oct. 11, 2012, when a co-worker, who mistakenly believed Melena was in the bathroom, filled the pressure cooker with 12,000 pounds of canned tuna and it was turned on, according to a report by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
His body was found two hours later after the pressure cooker, which reached 270 degrees, was turned off and opened.
The state report, which was filed with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said the manned oven system was inherently dangerous, finding that the chain that pulls carts of tuna into the ovens would sometimes get snagged, requiring operators to enter the ovens to pull the carts through.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Bumble Bee will pay $3 million to replace all of its outdated tuna ovens with automated ovens and will never require workers to set foot inside the super-heated, pressurized steam cookers.
The company will also pay $1.5 million in restitution to Melena's family, and it will pay the district attorney's Environmental Enforcement Fund $750,000 for workplace safety programs and $750,000 in fines, penalties and court costs.
In addition, Saul Florez, Bumble Bee's former safety manager, pleaded guilty to a felony count of willfully violating lockout rules and indirectly causing Melena's death. He was sentenced to three years' probation, ordered to complete 30 days of community labor and assessed $19,000 in fines and penalties, Lacey said.
And another co-defendant, Angel Rodriguez, Bumble Bee's director of plant operations, will be allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor in 18 months if he completes 320 hours of community service, pays $11,400 in fines and takes classes on confined space rules, Lacey said.
Bumble Bee and both men are required to make public statements conceding guilt under the terms of the settlement.
In a statement, Bumble Bee said it hoped the settlement would bring "closure."
"We will never forget the unfathomable loss of our colleague Jose Melena and we are committed to ensuring that employee safety remains a top priority at all our facilities," it said.