The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) advises consumers that Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is voluntarily recalling a 2,745 cases (equal to 107,280 cans) of Chicken of the Sea brand 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in oil and 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in water.
This recall has been initiated because the product may have been undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, which was uncovered during a routine inspection. 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. There have been no reported illnesses to date connected with the affected products, and Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is issuing this voluntary recall to ensure the highest level of safety and quality.
The UPC code, "best by" date and lot codes are used to determine the products involved. The UPC code (also known as the bar code) is found on the label of the product. The "best by" date is printed on the bottom of the can. The product lot codes that are part of this voluntary recall can also be found on the bottom of the can. Information on the specific products being recalled can be found on the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491206.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
"The health and safety of our consumers is our number one priority. As soon as we discovered the issue, we took immediate steps to initiate this voluntary recall, alerting our retail customers that received the product and instructing them to remove it from store shelves," said Shue Wing Chan, president of Tri-Union Seafoods LLC.
No other codes of these products or other Chicken of the Sea products are affected by this voluntary recall. Photos of the affected products can be found at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm491206.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
Consumers may return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Anyone with questions or concerns about this recall should call the 24-hour recall information line at 1-866-600-2681.