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Bumble Bee And Chicken Of The Sea Tuna Cans Recalled For Potential Spoilage (UPDATED)

A second major tuna brand advises customers not to eat their product.

This post was updated Friday, March 18 with new information about the Chicken of the Sea recall.

This week's tuna recall just got worse.

A day after Bumble Bee Foods recalled 31,579 cases of Chunk Light tuna for potential spoilage, competitor Chicken of the Sea recalled 2,745 cases -- more than 107,000 cans -- for the same reason.

Chicken of the Sea's 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in oil and 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in water were both pulled Thursday, according to the Food and Drug administration, because the product may have been undercooked due to an equipment malfunction.

No illnesses have been reported in association with either brand's tuna products thus far.

Bumble Bee recalled three specific UPC codes of its chunk light tuna on Wednesday due to "process deviations that occurred in a co-pack facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported.

"These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed," the agency said about both recalls.

If you have any cans of the tuna below in your home, throw them away, the FDA advises. Further instructions follow:

For Chicken of the Sea's chunk light tuna in oil:

These cans were distributed nationwide in single cans between February 10, 2016 and March 16, 2016.

The UPC code is 0 4800000195 5 and the "best by" date is 2/10/19. The lot codes are as follows:

For Chicken of the Sea's chunk light tuna in water:

These cans were distributed nationwide in single cans between Feb. 18, 2016 and March 16, 2016.

The UPC code is 0 4800000245 7. The "best by" dates are:

  • 2/18/19
  • 2/22/19
  • 2/23/19
  • 2/25/19
  • 3/2/19
  • 3/3/19

The lot codes are as follows:

If you have any of these Chicken of the Sea items in your pantry, you can return them to the retail store at which you bought them for a full refund. For questions and concerns about the recall, direct your calls to the recall information line at 1-866-600-2681, which is open 24-hours.

For Bumble Bee's chunk light tuna in water and vegetable oil:

A total of 31,579 cases were recalled. The cans, which were distributed across the country, are marked with a code that starts with a "T" and have "best by" dates as follows:

If you have this tuna in your home, throw it away, the FDA advises. If you have more questions or are seeking reimbursement for your purchase, you can call Bumble Bee at (888) 820-1947 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST or visit bumblebee.com/recall-march-2016.

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