Injuries and accidents occur every day, everywhere, and usually when and where you least expect them.
And now, there’s reason to be concerned about eating lunch – specifically if it’s a tuna fish sandwich. If you live in or near Boston, consuming tuna fish that is contaminated can lead to a Boston food poisoning injury, and that can lead to all kinds of terrible complications. If you’ve ever contracted food poisoning previously, you know that it is a horrible sickness. If that happens to you in the future, you should consult with a Boston food poisoning lawyer. Symptoms of food poisoning can range from vomiting, to fever and dizziness. The most common food poisoning in the USA results from botulism, campylobacter, E. coli O157:H7, salmonella, shigella, and listeria. And if you’ve ever taken a cruise, you know all too well that you have to be on the lookout for other causes of food poisoning such as Norwalk virus. In extreme cases of food poisoning – such as if you contact botulism or E. coli — food poisoning can be fatal.
Think it can’t happen to you? Think again. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that annually, about 1 in 6 Americans (roughly 48 million people) get sick from foodborne diseases, 128,000 become sick enough to need hospitalization, and 3,000 die.
Here are two tuna fish recalls to take note of, so you can avoid food poisoning in Boston.
Recently, Bumble Bee Foods issued a voluntary recall on its five-ounce Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna products that carry specific codes. Why the recall? Because these cans of tuna do not meet Bumble Bee’s standards for “seal tightness.” That description means that certain cans of Bumble Bee tuna cans have loose seals or seams. The upshot? Consuming tuna fish from a can with a defective seam or seal can result in product contamination and eventual illness. The Bumble Bee products were distributed for sale nationally between January 17, 2013 and March 6, 2013.
If you wish to read about the company’s listing of all products affected by this voluntary recall including code dates, click here: Bumble Bee Foods Voluntary Recall List of Products.
What should you do if you have purchased the contaminated tuna fish? Throw it in the trash. Then call to get reimbursed by contacting the 24-hour dedicated recall line at (888) 820-1947.
In a related contaminated tuna fish story, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, which had formerly announced a voluntary recall of some tuna fish, is now also expanding its recall to include Chicken of the Sea five-ounce chunk light tuna that is packed in oil. This is in addition to the Chicken of the Sea five-ounce chunk white albacore tuna in water recall that was announced on March 6, 2013. Just as happened with Bumble Bee, the seams on the lids of the Chicken of the Sea cans do not meet the standard for seam quality.
The specific Chicken of the Sea products being recalled are as follows:
Chicken of the Sea 5-Ounce Chunk Light Tuna in Oil with a UPC code of 0 48000 00195 5 and the Best By date of 01/15/17.
Chicken of the Sea 5-Ounce Chunk White Albacore Tuna with a UPC code of 0 48000 03355 0 and a Best By date of 01/18/17.
If you need more information, contact the Chicken of the Sea 24-hour Recall Information line at 800-597-5898.