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Dear tuna lovers,
Terrible news has befallen on the world of packaged fish meat. Thousands of cans of tuna have had to be recalled, depriving customers from their precious source of protein. The company responsible, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, has voluntarily started the recall of about 2,745 cases (which is about 107,280 cans of tuna). An equipment malfunction is the reason for such a decision. The malfunction may have caused the product to be undercooked. This, just like with any other undercooked food, poses a serious health risk to consumers. Tri-Union Seafoods LLC conducts its business under the brand Chicken of the Sea. The company has calculated that the affected tuna cans would have been sold to consumers from February 10th through March 16th. Habitual consumers of canned fish should be on the look-out for cans with those particular dates. The company has also released a UPC (Universal Product Code) list for all of the affected cans. Consumers are advised to return any affected cans to the location in which they purchased it to receive a full refund.

Interestingly enough, the Tri-Union Seafoods LLC incident actually followed another incident by a competitor company named Bumble Bee Foods LLC. Only a day before, Bumble Bee Foods LLC had also issued a similar voluntary recall of their tuna. They issued the recall of 31,579 cases of tuna (a much larger amount than Chicken of the Sea). Their reason was because there had been irregularities in the processing of meat in a co-pack facility that is not owned by the company. It is very surprising and puzzling to see two large LLCs issue such recalls in such a small difference in time. While it is good that both companies noticed issues in their processing methods, it would have been much better if there hadn’t been any in the first place. In such inattentiveness they run the risk of infecting a large population of people of various pathogens and diseases that are all but pleasant. The time frame of possible affected cans is quite wide, meaning that the detection of the issue was not very fast. While the company did find the issues through a routine inspection, it was not done in a timely manner. Both companies also did not release information as to where the malfunctioning plants are located. This puts the credibility of the companies up to doubt. In a way, it demonstrates that ensuring safe meat processing is not a top priority, which puts the consumers at risk. The consumers (and their health) should be the first priority. How else are they going to make profit with no customers?

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