Bumble Bee tuna recalled because of possible deadly bacteria in cans

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego-based Bumble Bee Foods announced Wednesday a recall of more than 31,500 cases of canned chunk light tuna because the tuna may have been contaminated during processing.

The recall was initiated under an abundance of caution, and no illnesses have been linked to the tuna so far, according to the company. However, consumers were advised by Bumble Bee to throw away the recalled product.

The deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process that could result in “contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illnesses if consumed,” according to Bumble Bee.

The products subject to the recall are marked with a can code that starts with a T — like TOA2BSCAFB.

According to Bumble Bee, the product codes and “best by” dates are:

  • 8660000020 5oz 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;
  • 8660000021 5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Oil 02/23/2019; and
  • 8660000736 4 Pack of 5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water 02/9/2019, 02/10/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/29/2019.

The tuna was produced last month, packaged at a facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee, and distributed nationally, according to a company statement. The mishap was discovered during the packer’s quality audit.

Bumble Bee is  working with the packer and U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expedite the removal of the affected products from stores.

Consumers looking for more information on reimbursement or who have questions about the recall can contact Bumble Bee at 888-820-1947 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time, seven days a week, or visit www.bumblebee.com/recall-march-2016.

No other production codes or products are affected by the recall, according to Bumble Bee.

For more information, visit their website.

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