07/02/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
San Diego, CA—A precautionary recall has been announced by Tri-Union Seafood LLC for a limited amount of Chicken of the Sea brand 12-ounce solid white tuna in water. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the recall notice on June 30, 2010.
The recall was initiated after finding a production error, which resulted in the failure of meeting the company’s standards for seal tightness. To ensure the safety of public health, Tri-Union decided to issue the voluntary and precautionary recall. The cans of tuna can have loose seals, or seams, which can cause product contaminated by spoilage organisms and pathogens, leading to illnesses.
At this time there have been no reported illnesses in connection with the recalled tuna.
The FDA press release stated, “Tri-Union Seafoods’ trace-back measures determined distribution of the product at retail was limited to 1,105 total cases in the states of Wisconsin, Nebraska, Utah, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Colorado, Indiana, California and Oregon. The Chicken of the Sea brand 12-ounce solid white tuna in water was distributed in February and May. Consumers who purchased the product with the UPC code 4800000262, “Best By Date 2/10/2014” and product code 7OA1E ASWAB, 7OA2E ASWAB, 7OA3E ASWAB, 7OA4E ASWAB, 7OA5E ASWAB, 7OAEE ASWAB or 7OAFE ASWAB.”
Anyone who has purchased the recalled tuna is asked to call 1-877-843-6376 for return information and a full refund.
Shue Wing Chan, president, Tri-Union Seafoods said, “The health and safety of our customers and consumers is paramount. As soon as we discovered this production error, we took immediate steps in issuing this precautionary, voluntary recall, and alerting the appropriate regulatory authorities. We have notified all of our customers who have received the product and asked them to remove it from their shelves. Our immediate actions in this recall include re-evaluating our systems to ensure this error does not happen again.”
For further information concerning the recall, consumers can call 1-877-843-6376 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
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