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What You Should Know About the Recent Tuna Recalls


Canned or otherwise packaged tuna is a simple way to add protein to your salads and wraps when you don't have time to cook. But with all the recent recalls, should you be worried? Here's what you should consider.

What you should know

Last week several grocery store chains pulled several brands of canned tuna off the shelves over concerns that an equipment malfunction may have meant the cans weren't properly sterilized. This means greater potential for bacterial growth that could increase the risk of food poisoning. Better safe than sorry, right? The recalls are more of a precaution and luckily, there have been no reports of anyone getting sick.

What you should do

If you've bought Chicken of the Sea or Hill Country Fare tuna over the past several months, take a look at the UPC code on the can. The recalled cans of Chicken of the Sea have UPC codes 0 4800000195 5 and 0 4800000245 7. If you bought Hill Country Fare tuna in a Texas H-E-B store during that same time period, check for recalled UPC code 0 4122065335 5. If the numbers match, err on the side of caution and throw the cans away. No quick lunch or snack is worth getting sick over! Both You Chicken of the Sea and Hill Country Fare are offering reimbursements.

What you can eat

There's no need to worry about any other canned fish. That's safe to eat, so dig in. The Food and Drug Administration is on the case to make sure food production stays clean and healthy. If you're still concerned about other contaminants of mercury levels, light tuna is a better bet than white tuna. And while you're at it—it's also a good idea to buy it packed in water rather than oil to save on calories and fat.


Christy Brissette, RD

Christy Brissette is one of North America’s top dietitians and a leading nutrition and food communications expert. She is the President of 80 Twenty Nutrition, a nutrition and food media company and private practice. Her mission? To end food confusion and dieting once and for all.  More →

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