The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) advises consumers that Bumble Bee Foods, LLC announced today that it is voluntarily recalling three specific UPC codes of canned Chunk Light tuna due to process deviations that occurred in a co-pack facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee. These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. It is important to note that there have been no reports of illness associated with these products to date. No other production codes or products are affected by this recall.
There are a total of 31,579 cases that are included in the recall which were produced in February 2016 and distributed nationally. The products subject to this recall are marked with a can code that starts with a "T" (example: TOA2BSCAFB). Information on UPC codes and "best by" dates can be found at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491107.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
The recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution due to the possible under-processing of the affected products discovered by the co-packer during its routine quality audit. Bumble Bee is working closely with the co-packer and the FDA to expedite the removal of products from commerce. Product photos are available online at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491107.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Consumers are advised to throw away the recalled product. Consumers looking for more information on reimbursement or who have questions about the recall may contact Bumble Bee at (888) 820-1947 between the hours of 9am and 6pm EST seven days a week or visit www.bumblebee.com/recall-march-2016
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