Recall for loose seal tuna cans

Recall for loose seal tuna cans

A fault in seal tightness has forced one of North America’s largest producers of canned seafood into a voluntary recall of some of its tuna cans.

The recall of specific codes of five-ounce chunk white albacore and chunk light tuna products is, the company says, because the cans do not meet its standards for seal tightness.

While the company is keen to stress there have been no reports of anyone falling ill after eating the tuna, loose seals or seams are known to cause contamination by spoilage through organisms or pathogens.

Bumble Bee Foods claims to be North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company and has an extensive line of canned and pouched tuna, salmon, sardines, and specialty seafood products marketed in the US under brands including Bumble Bee, Brunswick, Snow’s and Beach Cliff and in Canada under the Clover Leaf brand.

Senior vice-president 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.

“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.

“We’re voluntarily recalling products to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality.”

Products, listed here, distributed for retail sale across North America between January 17 and March 6, are subject to the recall.

By Luke Walsh

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