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Recall of Canned ‘Chunk Light’ Tuna Products Nationwide Due to Possible Health Risk to Consumers

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2016

Communications Office
(404) 656-3689

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea canned ‘Chunk Light’ tuna products, because the products may pose a health risk to consumers. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors are actively checking retail stores and distribution warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed.

The recall is due to process deviations that occurred as part of the commercial sterilization process of the tuna products, which could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens. To date, there have been no reports of illness associated with these products; however, the potential for contamination could lead to life-threatening illness if the products are consumed.

The products were distributed nationally. Here is the recalled product information via the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA):

Bumble Bee – Bumble Bee Foods, LLC is recalling 31,579 cases of canned Chunk Light tuna, limited to three (3) specific UPC codes with specific best-by dates. The products will be marked with a can code starting with the letter “T” (example: TOA2BSCAFB). Additional product information:

Product Size, Name

UPC (bar code)

“Best By” Dates

5 oz. Bumble Bee Chunk
Light Tuna in Water
8660000020

02/10/2019, 02/16/2019, 02/17/2019, 02/18/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/23/2019, 02/25/2019

5 oz. Bumble Bee Chunk
Light Tuna in Oil
8660000021

02/23/2019

4 Pack of 5 oz. Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water 8660000736

02/9/2019, 02/10/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/29/2019

Chicken of the Sea – Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC is recalling 2,745 cases of Chicken of the Sea brand canned Chunk Light tuna, also limited to three (3) specific UPC codes with specific lot code and best-by dates. Additional product information:

Product Size, Name

UPC (bar code)

Lot codes

“Best By” Dates

5 oz. Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Water 0 4800000245 7 6OJEB SCAEB

6OJCB SCAFB

6ONEB SCAIB

6OOFZ SCAFB

6ORDB SCAFB

6ORAB SCAFB

 

6L2CB SCAFB

6L32B SCAEB

6L33B SCAEB

6L35B SCAEB

6L3CB SCAEB

02/18/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/23/2019, 02/25/2019

 

 

 

03/02/2019, 03/03/2019

5 oz. Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Oil

0 4800000195 5

6OA3Z SCEES

6OAAZ SCEES

6OABZ SCEEB

6OACZ SCEEB

02/10/2019

Consumers are advised to throw away any products that match the above descriptions. Recalled products should be placed in a closed plastic bag in a sealed trash can, so other people and animals cannot eat it. Consumers may show proof of purchase to the retail store it was purchased from to request a refund.

Additional information about the Bumble Bee products may be found online atwww.bumblebee.com/recall-march-2016/, or by contacting the company directly at 1-888-820-1947, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.

For additional information about the Chicken of the Sea products, contact the company directly via their 24-hour recall hotline at 1-866-600-2681.

This is one of several recalls impacting Georgia this week. To view a comprehensive list or sign up for e-mail alerts, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.