A massive tuna recall is underway, and the popular brands of Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea are caught up in it.
The recall involves more than 3 million cans of various types of tuna, reports USA Today. The reason for the recall is that the tuna was improperly sealed at a California plant. This can reportedly cause the fish to spoil.
There have been no illnesses reported, and the manufacturing problem that caused the mistake is said to have been fixed. However, consumers are urged to throw out tuna purchased between certain dates.
The bulk of the recall affects Bumble Bee tuna, with about 2.4 million cans recalled. Another 660,000 cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna have been recalled as well. According to the FDA, the recalled products include:
- Brunswick 5-ounce Chunk Light Tuna in Water (Brunswick is owned by Bumble Bee);
- Bumble Bee 5-ounce Chunk Light Tuna in Water;
- Bumble Bee 5-ounce Chunk Light Tuna in Vegetable Oil;
- Bumble Bee 5-ounce Chunk White Albacore in Water;
- Chicken of the Sea 5-ounce Chunk Light Tuna in Oil; and
- Chicken of the Sea 5-ounce Chunk White Albacore Tuna.
The Bumble Bee brand tuna cans were sold from January 17 until March 6, and are stamped with "Best By" dates from January 14, 2016, to January 18, 2016. The Chicken of the Sea tuna cans were sold from January 23 through March 6, and have "Best By" dates from January 15, 2017, to January 18, 2017. Both brands of tuna were sold nationwide.
The recall is a voluntary recall and customers can call the companies with any questions. The number for Chicken of the Sea is (800) 597-5898. The Bumble Bee number is (800) 800-8572.
If you have fallen ill after consuming affected tuna, you may want to contact a product liability attorney. An attorney can help review any potential claims you may have against the companies.