Tuna has been flying off the shelves this week due to a massive recall by two corporate giants. USA Today reports on Friday that the Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea tuna recall has expanded. The companies state cans were improperly sealed at a California plant and have taken over 3 million of them off the shelves so far.
Bumble Bee senior vice president Steve Mavity shared in a statement that the company’s recall includes 2.4 million cans of tuna. Chicken of the Sea wasn’t hit quite as hard as their recall involves less than 700,000 cans according to Erin Mrozek, consumer marketing manager.
This was a voluntary recall “to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality,” according to Mavity.
The Bumble Bee recall includes 5 ounces cans of chunk light and chunk white tuna in water and oil sold from Jan. 17 until Wednesday with best by dates from Jan. 14, 2016 to Jan. 18, 2016. Specific code numbers are listed in a company statement posted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Chicken of the Sea recall includes 5 ounce cans of chunk light tuna in oil sold Jan. 23 to Wednesday, with a best-by date of Jan. 15, 2017. It includes chunk light tuna in water sold Feb. 4 to Feb. 27 with a best by date of Jan 18, 2017. The company says an updated list has been provided to the FDA and should be posted soon.
Will this affect tuna sales? Given that this is a voluntary recall due to packaging problems involving two companies, there should be plenty of people out there willing to try another brand in the meantime and not freak out too much about this recall.