One of the most popular canned tuna fish brands, Bumblebee Tuna, has put out a warning that a deadly bacteria strain could be living in as many as 31,000 cases of recently shipped tuna cans.
As recently as last year, we reported onthe Bumblebee Tuna factory worker who was killed when he became trapped and cooked to death along with 12,000 pounds of tuna. KTLA has reported that possible food-spoilage is thought to be the culprit behind this new massive scandal for the company:
The San-Diego based company initiated the recall amid concerns that the affected products were possibly under-processed. The process deviations occurred during the sterilization process, which could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, according to the FDA.
Three Chunk Light products, all sold in February, are included in the recall: 5-ounce Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water, 5-ounce Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Oil, and four-packs of 5-ounce Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water.
The product’s can code starts with a “T” and has several “best buy dates.” (Full list here.)
No illnesses have been reported, the FDA said, noting that the recall was initiated “out of an abundance of caution.”
The possible under-processing occurred at a facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee Foods. The FDA was working with the co-packer to expedite the removal of the recalled products from stores.
Anyone who has one of the affected cans has been asked to throw it away.
Consumers looking for more information, including questions about reimbursement, should contact Bumble Bee at 888-820-1947 between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Sunday.