The company said the recall is due to processing deviations that occurred at a third-party co-packing facility during the sterilization process.
According to the company's statement posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website, these deviations could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.
There have been no reports of illness associated with the products linked to the recall, the company said.
The recall includes canned Chunk Light tuna produced in February 2016 and distributed nationally.
The products subject to the recall are marked with a can code that starts with a "T" (example: TOA2BSCAFB) and have the following "best by" dates:
5 oz. Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water: 02/10/2019, 02/16/2019, 02/17/2019, 02/18/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/23/2019, 02/25/2019
5 oz. Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Oil: 02/23/2019
4-pack, 5 oz. Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water: 02/09/2019, 02/10/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/29/2019
The recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution due to the possible under-processing of the affected products discovered by the co-packer during its routine quality audit, according to the company.
Bumble Bee said it is working closely with the co-packer and the FDA to expedite the removal of products from store shelves. Consumers are advised to throw away the recalled product.
For more information about the recall, you can contact Bumble Bee at (888) 820-1947 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Sunday. You can also visit the FDA's website.