Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Canned Tuna Fish Recall

Two brands of tuna fish have expanded their food recall. It got into the news today because of the expanded recall. Here is a link to a story about it:

Some customers have experienced illness that has been attributed to the canned tuna. It was found that there was a problem with the seals on the cans. 

The FDA said that improperly sealed cans may allow bacterial contamination and allow the can contents to spoil. This can cause illness.

The recall is voluntary. There is a long list of specific cans on the site above, with two brand labels: One is, "Chicken of the Sea". The other is, "Bumble Bee". There are serial numbers from the cans as well as use by dates listed so that you can check to make sure you do not have any of these cans.

The Food and Drug Administration of the United States Government has an email alert that you can sign up for to receive notices for food and drug recalls. 

If you decide to sign up, you may wish to make a separate email account for the notices, because there are a LOT of them. Most of them do not get much attention from me because the majority are things like label misprints. Others don't alarm me much because I don't eat the stuff. That includes this tuna fish. 

I am posting this one in my blog because I know a lot of people who eat tuna very frequently. That makes me think that there is a large part of the population likely to be affected by this particular recall. 

This recall has gotten some notice in the news media, but it doesn't look adequate for the seriousness of the harm that it can do to people who eat it. 

One of the possible toxins that could get into the improperly sealed cans is able to kill people sometimes. I can't make up for the lack of news coverage, but this is my little bit to try to help.

If you eat tuna, or know others who do, please pass this recall on to them and give them the link so that they can check to make sure they are safe from contaminated food.

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