On March 6, 2013, The FDA reported a recall of two major tuna brands – Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea, over concerns the cans were improperly sealed, and may be susceptible to bacterial contamination. While there are no current reports of illnesses associated with these products, both companies are recalling all products as listed on the FDA’s site. These include most canned products made between January 17 and February 28, 2013. The Cartwright Law Firm is posting this Consumer Alert in order to aid in driving consumer awareness of the potential for illness related to these products. The recall currently covers in excess of 3 million cans.
Affected products are:
- Brunswick Brand 5oz Chunk Light Tuna in Water — 48 Count Case (Case UPC 6661332803)
- Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk Light Tuna in Water — 48 Count Case (Case UPC 8660000020)
- Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk Light Tuna in Vegetable Oil — 48 Count Case (Case UPC 8660000021)
- Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk White Albacore in Water — 24 Count Case (Case UPC 8660000025)
- Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk Light Tuna in Water — 6 Count Case of 4-Pack Cluster (Case UPC 8660000736)
- Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk White Albacore in Water — 6 Count Case of 8-Pack Cluster (Case UPC 8660000775)
- Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk White Albacore in Water — 6 Count Case of 8-Pack Cluster (Case UPCS 8660000776)
Additionally, on March 6th, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC announced a recall of lots of its Chicken of the Sea brand 5-ounce cans of chunk white albacore in water (and oil – updated 3/11/13) because of similar problems with their cans.
The UPC code — or bar code — is 0 48000 03355 0 and is located on the label of the product. The Best By date, of 01/18/17, is printed on the bottom of the can.
See the FDA’s website for a full list of affected codes.
The Cartwright Law Firm is committed to alerting consumers about potential and discovered product dangers, especially in food and medical products. Our Consumer Alert! Urgent! blog posts are updated as frequently as possible to keep you fully informed. If you or anyone you know has already consumed any of these products, and subsquently contracted food poisoning, call The Cartwright Law Firm today at 415-433-0444 for a free consultation.