H-E-B is voluntarily recalling 224 cases of Hill Country Fare brand 5-ounce Chunk Light Tuna in Oil.
H-E-B said the recall was initiated because the product, produced at a co-packer, may have been undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, which was uncovered during a routine inspection. Store officials said the undercooking could result in the tuna spoiling, which could lead to life-threatening illness if eaten.
The recall affects Hill Country Fare brand 5-ounce canned Chunk Light Tuna in Oil sold at H-E-B stores in single cans between Feb. 24 and March 16. H-E-B said the best-by date printed on the bottom of the can has the date Feb. 9, 2019, and has product lot code 6O9FZ SCEES. Customers who purchased the product can return it to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions or concerns may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438. The lines are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A voluntary recall of select cans of tuna fish has also been issued by bumble Bee and Tri-Union Seafoods. Bumble Bee recalled about 32,000 cases of their Chunk Light Tuna cans, while Tri-Union Seafoods recalled 2,745 cases of their Chicken of the Sea brand. Click here for exactly which Bumble Bee UPC codes might be in your home and here for details about which Chicken of the Sea cans to be concerned about. Bumble Bee states some of the cases may have been contaminated during a factory sterilization process. The company says eating that tuna could be life-threatening, but there are no reports of anyone getting sick. The company states, this recall is out of an "abundance of caution." However, they are avoiding customers to throw away the recalled products. If you would like more information or a reimbursement, call 1-888-820-1947 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time.
Meanwhile the FDA stated that the recall is "due to process deviations that occurred in a co-pack facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee. 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."
According to the FDA, the Chicken of the Sea recall "has been initiated because the product may have been undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, which was uncovered during a routine inspection. 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. There have been no reported illnesses to date connected with the affected products, and Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is issuing this voluntary recall to ensure the highest level of safety and quality." It is recommended that all consumers check their tuna cans at home against the information provided by the FDC. Consumers can take the tuna back to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.