Riding on the coattails of Bumble Bee tuna in the worst possible way, Chicken of the Sea just issued a major recall of its canned tuna citing "life-threatening" concerns. This is a trend everyone would like to see stop.
Tri-Union Seafoods issued a voluntary recall of 2,745 cases or 107,280 cans of Chicken of the Sea canned Chunk Light tuna, exactly the same kind of tuna affected by the Bumble Bee recall. The FDA public health announcement explains that some tuna may have been undercooked because of an equipment malfunction discovered during a routine inspection, and therefore may contain "spoilage organisms or pathogens" that could lead to "life-threatening illnesses."
It all sounds very similar to the Bumble Bee incident, and when asked if the two incidents were in fact related, Chicken of the Sea issued this statement:
"Both products in question were produced in the Chicken of the Sea plant in Lyons, Georgia as part of a co-packing agreement between the two companies. Agreements such as this are common among manufacturers. That said, at Chicken of the Sea we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and the health and safety of consumers is of utmost importance. To that end, we moved swiftly as soon as an issue was discovered to have products removed from store shelves. No illnesses have been reported, and the recall was issued as a precautionary measure."