The Food and Safety and Inspection Service division of the United States Department of Agriculture reports that the Bumble Bee Foods and its supplier Suter Home Foods issued a joint voluntary recall of products in a press release dated December 6, 2010. The food recall involved 72,000 pounds of processed chicken salad sold in cans. Consumers reported finding pieces of hard plastic in the salad. The chicken salad was made by the Suter Home Company of Sycamore, Illinois, and packaged by Bumble Bee.
The company’s products involved are two: 8.2 ounce “Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Complete Lunch Kits” (UPC 8660070741; Best By date of 07/11) and 3.5 ounce “Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers” (UPC 8660070350; Best By dates 01/12 and 02/12). The label on the larger kit says “Mixed and Ready to Eat”. The label on the smaller kit says “Ready to Eat”. Both products bear the establishment number of P-169 printed on the inside of the USDA inspection mark, and both have a lot code 0225XXQ228, 20, 30, 31, 35, 36, 37, or 38 on the package.
Consumers had complained to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to federal officials, no one has yet been injured or made ill by the products and is therefore a Class 2 recall, which is classified a low risk. The products were manufactured and packaged between August 14, 2010 and August 28, 2010.
The kits were distributed nation-wide.
The USDA advises anyone who believes they may have been injured by the contaminated products to immediately seek medical care. Consumers can also report problems to the FSIS at he toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).
The Bumble Bee company requests consumers who suspect they have products covered under this recall contact 1-800-507-7828 for refund and return instructions, and if they have further questions.
Tim Suter of the Suter Company requests those with concerns or questions contact him at (815) 895-9186.
The Bumble Bee company is headquartered in San Diego, California.
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