The company announced that a staggering number of tuna cans were spoiled and potentially life-threatening.
If you’re a fan of Bumble Bee tuna, you may want to check the date on the last can you bought. According to a report from Fortune, the company has announced a massive recall of more than 31,500 cans of Chunk Light tuna due to concerns over spoilage and potential health risks.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, there were no illnesses reported in connection with the products in question, but the company isn’t taking any chances. They announced that they were aware of a number of “process deviations” that occurred in the facility that packed the cans of tuna.
The company reported a range of UPC numbers designating the cans in question. They urged consumers who had purchased one of the three varieties of “Chunk Light Tuna” were urged to throw away the products.
The company reported that the deviations were a part of the commercial sterilization process, and may have allowed organisms and pathogens to contaminate the tuna. The company warned that the consumption of these contaminated cans of tuna could lead to “life-threatening illness” if eaten.
Bumble Bee does not own or operate the facility where the deviations occurred, but it quickly spoke up about the potential for danger. The company is owned by U.K. private equity firm Lion Capital, and said that it was working with the facility and the US FDA to get the spoiled tuna cans off of shelves as fast as possible.
A statement from the FDA advised people who had purchased the products to throw them away immediately and contact Bumble Bee with any questions or concerns about the recall.
The products in question are 5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water with the “Best By” dates ranging from 02/10/2019, 02/16/2019, 02/17/2019, 02/18/2019,
02/22/2019, 02/23/2019, and 02/25/2019, 5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Oil with the “Best By” date 02/23/2019, and 4 Pack of 5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water with the “Best By” dates ranging from 02/9/2019, 02/10/2019, 02/22/2019, and 02/29/2019.
A press release from Bumble Bee describing the details of the recall can be found here.