(WASHINGTON) -- Bumble Bee Foods has expanded its tuna recall because of a possible problem with the cans’ seals.
The company issued the voluntary recall of 5-ounce cans of Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna on Wednesday because the products did “not meet the company’s standards for seal tightness,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recall was expanded Thursday to include more cans distributed in March.
“There have been no consumer reports of illnesses attributed to these products, but because we’ve identified an issue with seal tightness, we’re voluntarily recalling products to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality,” Steve Mavity, Bumble Bee’s senior vice president of technical services and corporate quality assurance, said in a statement.
Loose seals and seams can lead to bacterial contamination, which can cause food poisoning, according to the FDA.
The recalled cans were distributed to stores nationwide between Jan. 17 and March 6, according to the FDA. The original recall covered cans distributed between Jan. 17 and Feb. 27. Consumers who purchased the recalled products are advised to dispose of them immediately.
“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,” Mavity said.
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