NEW YORK — A mistake during the sterilization process has prompted the recall of tens of thousands of cans of tuna, starting with Bumble Bee brand tuna and expanding to include Chicken of the Sea and Hill Country Fare.
Some 2,700 cases — or about 107,280 cans — of Chicken of the Sea chunk light tuna sold in water and oil are being recalled because during the sterilization process, equipment malfunctioned at a co-packing facility, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC said.
That malfunction could lead to “contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed,” the company said.
Open the photo gallery below to see which cans of Chicken of the Sea are recalled:
As for the Hill Country Fare cans, chunk light tuna in oil is being recalled for the same reason. The effected cans, which were sold at H-E-B stores in Texas between Feb. 24 and March 16, are marked with the UPC code 0 4122065335 5, and product lot code 6O9FZ SCEES. On the bottom of the cans it the “best by” date of Feb. 9, 2019.
Initially, the recall applied to 31,579 cans of Bumble Bee tuna.
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC announced March 16 that the following cans of their chunk light tuna are being recalled because of the risk of spoilage in the cans:
In the days that followed, Chicken of the Sea and Hill Country Fare were named in the recall, as well.