Bumble Bee Foods has issued a voluntary recall for specific codes of five-ounce Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light tuna products because of loose seals that may lead to spoilage or bacterial contamination. According to a CBS news report, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC also announced a recall of many lots of its Chicken of the Sea cans for improper packaging and the risk of contamination as well.

A statement from Bumble Bee says that the products included in this recall do not meet the company’s standards for seal tightness. Loose seals could cause the food to spoil or result in contamination that could sicken consumers.

So far, no illnesses have been reported as a result of these defective products. Consumers are urged to visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s web site for a complete list of the recalled products. Company officials say their top priority is to remove the recalled products from distribution. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked to discard them and contact Bumble Bee at 1-800-800-8572 with any questions or concerns.

Food Poisoning Statistics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella is the most common type of food-borne illness in the United States followed by Campylobacter, listeria and E. coli. Each year more than 48 million Americans suffer from some type of food-borne illnesses. Also, bacterial infections such as salmonella and E. coli poisoning result in a majority of hospitalizations when it comes to food-borne illnesses.

Preventing Food Poisoning

There are several safety measures that can be taken to handle food safely and prevent food poisoning:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water before and after handling any raw meat, fruits and vegetables.
  • Make sure that foods are stored at the right temperatures. For example, refrigerate and freeze foods that need to be chilled right away.
  • If you are cooking meat, use a meat thermometer to ensure that it is cooked thoroughly.
  • Wash utensils and disinfect surfaces before and after use to prevent cross-contamination.

If you or a loved one has become ill as a result of contaminated food, please isolate and preserve the food so it can be tested in a lab. Also, report your illness to the local health care agency. If you have suffered losses, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.