For Immediate Release
May 6, 2013; 11:30am
DPHSS Release No. 2013-030
The Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, in coordination with the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), would like to inform the public of a voluntary recall of certain
Chicken of the Sea brand 5-ounce chunk light tuna in oil products because they do not meet the standards
for seam quality. This recall is an expansion of the limited amount of Chicken of the Sea brand 5-ounce
chunk white albacore tuna in water that was announced by the U.S. FDA on March 6, 2013.
According to the U.S. FDA, cans that do not meet seam standards could result in product contamination by
spoilage organism or by pathogens, which could lead to illness if consumed. There have been no reported
illnesses to date associated with these products, and Tri-Union Seafoods is issuing this voluntary recall
to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality.
The specific products being recalled are as follows:
1. Chicken of the Sea 5-Ounce Chunk Light Tuna in Oil – Sold at retail nationwide in single cans between January 23, 2013 and March 6, 2013.
The UPC code is 0 48000 00195 5 and the Best By date is 01/15/17. The product lot codes that are part of this voluntary recall include:
CODE BEST BY DATE CODE BEST BY DATE
3015CB1CLH 1/15/2017 3015CBBCLH 1/15/2017
3015CB2CLH 1/15/2017 3015CBCCLH 1/15/2017
3015CB3CLH 1/15/2017 3015CBDCLH 1/15/2017
3015CB4CLH 1/15/2017 3015CBECLH 1/15/2017
2. Chicken of the Sea 5-Ounce Chunk White Albacore Tuna – Sold at retail nationwide in single cans between February 4, 2013 and February 27, 2013.The UPC code is 0 48000 03355 0. The Best By date is 01/18/17. The product lot codes that are part of this voluntary recall include:
LOT CODE BEST BY DATE CODE BEST BY DATE
3018CA2CKP 1/18/2017 3018CACCKP 1/18/2017
3018CA3CKP 1/18/2017 3018CAECKP 1/18/2017
3018CA4CKP 1/18/2017 3018CB3CKP 1/18/2017
3018CAACKP 1/18/2017 3018CADCKP 1/18/2017
To date, the Division of Environmental Health of this Department has determined that the implicated products were available at PayLess Supermarkets in Oka and Sinajana. Corrective actions were taken at these retail stores. The Department has not received any local reports of illnesses associated with any of the affected tuna products.
In addition, the Department is advising all food distributors and retailers to remove the affected products from sale or service. Consumers are encouraged to review the labels of their Chicken of the Sea tuna products to determine if it is affected by the recall. Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to stop using the product immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
For any questions, consumers are asked to visit www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm342911.htm or call the 24-hour recall information line at 1-800-597-5898. You may also contact the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221.