Bumble Bee Foods has announced a voluntary recall of 31 579 cases of canned Chunk Light tuna which were produced in February 2016 and distributed across the USA. According to the official statement of Bumble Bee, the company has decided to make this step due to deviations that occurred during the commercial sterilization process in a co-pack facility that is not owned or operated by Bumble Bee. These deviations could lead to contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which can cause life-threatening diseases if consumed.

The possible under-processing of the products was discovered by the co-packer during its routine quality audit.

The recall involves products with 3 specific UPC labels (8660000020, 8660000021, and 8660000736) of canned Chunk Light tuna. The removed cans are marked with codes that start with a “T” (example: TOA2BSCAFB) and have the following “best by” dates:

·         5 oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water – 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 – 02/23/2019
·         4 Pack of 5 oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water – 02/9/2019, 02/10/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/29/2019

Bumble Bee foods added that they are cooperating with the co-packer and the FDA in order to speed up the recall process. They have also advised the consumers to get rid of the recalled products.

The only good news in this mess is that there are no reported illnesses to date.

Sources: http://www.bumblebee.com