Nationwide recall on popular canned tuna brands

    A problem with the seals on a variety of popular brands of canned tuna has sparked nationwide recalls.

    The FDA reports that San Diego’s Bumble Bee Foods and Tri-Union Seafoods, which previously announced a voluntary recall, are expanding their concern to include multiple brand varieties.

    A statement released by the seafood distributors state that “the seams on the lids of the cans do not meet the standard for seam quality.”

    Loose seals or seams can result in contamination, leaving the product susceptible to spoilage by organisms or pathogens and could lead to illness if consumed, though there have been no reports of illness at this time.

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    The recall pertains to multiple lots of 5-ounce cans of Brunswick, Bumble Bee, and Chicken of the Sea, chunk light tuna, and chunk white albacore in water and vegetable oil.

    These products were distributed for retail sale nationwide between January 17, 2013 and March 6, 2013.

    Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard them by disposing in the garbage and should direct any questions on the recall or reimbursement to the 24-hour dedicated recall line at (888) 820-1947.

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