By Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY
If you have stocked up on canned tuna in the past couple of months, check your cupboards: Some cans of Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea tuna have been recalled because the cans were improperly sealed, manufacturers say.
No illnesses have been reported, the companies say. But "loose seals or seams could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens and lead to illness if consumed," according to a statement from Bumble Bee Foodsposted by the Food and Drug Administration. Tri-Union Seafoods, which makes Chicken of the Sea, released a nearly identical statement.
The Bumble Bee recall includes 5-ounce cans of chunk white albacore and chunk light carrying specific codes, included in the news release. Some of the cans were sold under the Brunswick brand. All were distributed to retailers nationwide between Jan. 17 and Feb. 28 and carry best-by dates ranging from Jan. 16, 2016, to Jan. 18, 2016.
The Chicken of the Sea recall covers certain lots of 5-ounce chunk white albacore sold at retailers nationwide between Feb. 4 and Feb. 27. Code numbers are in the company's press release. The best-by date on all the cans is Jan. 18, 2017.
Both companies say consumers should discard the recalled tuna and can call them with questions. The number for Chicken of the Sea questions is (800) 597-5898. The Bumble Bee number is (800) 800-8572.