31,000 Cases of Bumble Bee Tuna Recalled Because of Possible Life-Threatening Bacteria in Cans

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Bumble Bee Foods has voluntarily recalled more than 31,000 cases of canned tuna over possible spoilage that could result in a life-threatening illness if consumed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

More than 31,000 cases of Bumble Bee tuna are part of a voluntary recall initiated on March 16, 2016. (Credit: Bumble Bee Foods)

More than 31,000 cases of Bumble Bee tuna are part of a voluntary recall initiated on March 16, 2016. (Credit: Bumble Bee Foods)

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.

More recall information is available by visiting Bumble Bee’s website.