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Bumble Bee Expands Canned Tuna Recall

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Some of the tuna cans recalled by Bumble Bee. (FDA)

Bumble Bee tuna cans. (photo courtesy FDA)

(CBS News) – More Bumble Bee tuna products are being added to a March 6th voluntary recall prompted by loose seals, or seams, on cans.

The company had announced the recall of 5-ounce cans of its Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna products because the loose seals could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens and lead to illness if eaten, the company said on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Bumble Bee Foods corrected the issue on its manufacturing line, the company said, but announced on March 7th it was expanding the recall to include more best-by dates and lot codes.

The affected products are:

Brunswick Brand 5oz Chunk Light Tuna in Water — 48 Count Case (Case UPC 6661332803)

Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk Light Tuna in Water — 48 Count Case (Case UPC 8660000020)

Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk Light Tuna in Water — 24 Count Case (Case UPC 8660000990)

Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk Light Tuna in Vegetable Oil — 48 Count Case (Case UPC 8660000021)

Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk White Albacore in Water — 24 Count Case (Case UPC 8660000025)

Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk Light Tuna in Water — 6 Count Case of 4-Pack Cluster (Case UPC 8660000736)

Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk White Albacore in Water — 6 Count Case of 8-Pack Cluster (Case UPC 8660000775)

Bumble Bee Brand 5oz Chunk White Albacore in Water — 6 Count Case of 8-Pack Cluster (Case UPCS 8660000776)

The affected products were distributed for retail sale around the U.S. between Jan. 17, 2013 and March 6, 2013. They have best by codes from Jan. 14, 2016 through Jan. 18, 2016.

A full list of lot codes, best-by codes can be found on the FDA’s website.

The original March 6th recall had affected products distributed nationwide January 17, 2013 through February 28, 2013.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should throw them in the garbage. Questions on the recall or reimbursement can be fielded at a 24-hour recall line at 888-820-1947.

There have been no reports to date of any illness associated with these products.

Also on March 6th, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC announced a recall of lots of its Chicken of the Sea brand 5-ounce cans of chunk white albacore in water because of problems with the can seals.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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