[Updated] Bumble Bee Recall Expands to 3 Million Cans

A tuna sub
A tuna sub
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Updated March 8, 2013, 10:03 a.m. The Bumble Bee tuna recall has expanded to over 3 million cans and now includes Chicken of the Sea products as well, USA Today reports. The 659,784 recalled cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna were canned at Bumble Bee's California plant. The Chicken of the Sea recall includes 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna in oil sold January 23 to Wednesday, with a best-by date of Jan. 15, 2017. It also includes chunk light tuna in water sold Feb. 4-27, with a best-by date of Jan. 18, 2017. Some of the specific code numbers are listed here.

The Bumble Bee recall now includes 2.4 million cans of tuna, shipped in 51,000 cases, up from the 22,500 cases reported Thursday.

Posted March 7, 2013, 6 a.m. Bumble Bee Foods has issued a voluntary recall of 5-ounce Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna because of loose seals on the cans, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

"Loose seals or seams could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens and lead to illness if consumed," the FDA says. No illnesses have been reported, but the nasty possibilities are alarming.

The recalled products were sold in 48-, 24- and 6-can cases. Go here for the complete list. They were distributed for retail sale nationwide between Jan. 17, 2013 and Feb. 28, 2013. And click here for some fascinating facts on canned food safety from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Bumble Bee Foods Senior Vice President of Technical Services and Corporate Quality Assurance Steve Mavity told the FDA: "Due to can integrity concerns, our top priority at this time is to remove these recalled products from distribution as soon as possible. We are working closely with our sales team and with retailers to help expedite the recall. We must assure our consumers and retailers of a safe and quality product so we very much appreciate everyone's part in disposing of the products with the specific codes indicated."

"Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product by disposing in the garbage," the FDA bluntly adds. Do not -- repeat, do not -- feed it to your cat.

For any questions or bitching, consumers can contact Bumble Bee Consumer Affairs 24 hours a day at (800) 800-8572. You can call Chicken of the Sea at (800) 597-5898.

Chicken of the Sea FTW! Charlie the Tuna is actually looking pretty good at this point.

More in food recalls:

- King Arthur Recalls Flour Containing Blue Plastic Balls

- Kellogg's Recalls Special K Due to Glass Pieces

- Lean Cuisine Recalled Due to Glass Shards

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