When it comes to brands of canned tuna fish, Bumble Bee ranks up there as one of the most popular. But in March of 2016, the food company announced a voluntary recall of its popular product – Chunk Light tuna – because of a serious health scare.
A total of 31,579 cases of the canned fish were recalled in March after they were produced in February 2016 and distributed nationally.
Why were they calling back thousands of cans of tuna? Bumble Bee admitted a packing deviation by a facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee that could result in contamination by spoilage or pathogens – if consumed this could lead to life-threatening illnesses…
Although no illness from the canned tuna were reported, Bumble Bee wanted to be on the safe side and voluntarily issue the recall before customers became sick.
The Bumble Bee Foods recall affected 3 specific UPC codes (8660000020, 8660000021, 8660000736) of canned Chunk Light tuna.
The recall is no longer active, but it’s best to be safe and check if any cans of tuna you have in your pantry could be effected.
Check for the can code which starts with a “T” (example: TOA2SBCABF) and have the following “best by” dates:
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
5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Oil – 02/23/2019
4 Pack of 5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water – 02/9/2019, 02/10/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/29/2019
Because Bumble Bee wants their customers to be safe, they worked closely with the co-packer who developed the problem and the FDA to remove the product from store shelves.
If you have already eaten the product, then this is what you should do, according to Bumble Bee:
“Under-processed affected products could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens and lead to serious illness if consumed. There have been no reports to date of any illness associated with these products.”
If you have any recalled product in your home, you’ve been advised to throw it away.
Bumble Bee urges: “Confirm that the product you have is one of the products listed above by checking the product and the lot code. Once you’ve confirmed that you do have a recalled product, please discard the product by disposing in the garbage.”
How do you feel about this massive recall? Readers on News10.com share their opinions in the comments:
“I have a rule I apply to myself, if major companies like Bumble Bee & Peter Pan do not control their food I never buy their products again. It is their responsibility to keep it clean. They are not potluck.’
“I don’t care if it is .59 cents or 3.59. If I have a can I want my money back. If everyone who bought a can decided not to return it that is a LOT of money we are just giving them.”
“I do have a BIG concern about throwing them away. What if who ever might find the can(s) knows nothing of this recall and eats them ? I read through the comments and didn’t see a thought on that scenario so. ????”
“Throw it away?? I paid for it and I would want a refund. Tuna isn’t cheap. Geez.”
“What about all the water the Japanese dumped on their radioactive plant when it was discharging radiation and had a meltdown. A lot of the tuna that we eat passed through those waters.”
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