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Leading US Brands Recall 5oz Chunk White & Light United States & Canada, March 7, 13

Worries over proper seaming of cans
Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea are both voluntarily, as a precaution, recalling 5-ounce cans of Chunk White Albacore in water and Chunk Light Tuna in vegetable broth and also in water.
The Bumble Bee tuna was sold under the brand names Bumble Bee and Brunswick. Tri-Union Seafoods LCC sold this tuna under the brand Chicken of the Sea.
Seams that don’t meet standards could mean risking contamination from spoilage organisms or pathogens. So far no illnesses have been reported from eating these products.

For both brands the recall is only applicable to specific list of codes, and does not affect all can codes of these products currently in the US and Canadian shelves. All of the tuna affected by the recall has been sold this year.

The recall has been issued because the products do not meet the company’s standards for seal tightness.

” As soon as we discovered the issue, we took immediate steps to issue this voluntary recall by alerting our customers who received the product and by asking them to remove it from store shelves,” said Shue Wing Chan, President of Tri-Union Seafoods.

Bumble Bee Foods SVP of Technical Services and Corporate Quality Assurance Steve Mavity said: “Due to can integrity concerns, our top priority at this time is to remove these recalled products from distribution as soon as possible,” said Steve Mavity, Senior Vice President of Technical Services and Corporate Quality Assurance for Bumble Bee Foods. “We are working closely with our sales team and with retailers to help expedite the recall. We must assure our consumers and retailers of a safe and quality product so we very much appreciate everyone’s part in disposing of the products with the specific codes indicated.”

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product by disposing in the garbage.

Recently a same type of situation occurred in Europe, in Norway. Local authorities in the Northern country ordered a re-call of Thai canned tuna products following worries over the existence of micro leaks in the can seams.