Tri-Union Seafoods recalls albacore tuna

The FDA has announced that Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Chicken of the Sea Brand 7-ounce cans of solid white albacore tuna in water.

Due to a labeling error, the product label does not state that the product 'contains soy,' a recognized allergen, in the ingredients listing. While soy is known to be an allergen, the agency has said that there have been no reported illnesses. This problem was identified during an internal audit of finished product at our canning facility.

Tri-Union Seafoods's trace-back measures determined distribution of the product at retail was limited to Costco stores in California, Arizona, Washington, Utah, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Nevada.

The specific product being recalled is Chicken of the Sea Brand 7-ounce solid white albacore tuna in water sold as a multi-pack, and it was distributed in October and November, 2012. Consumers who purchased the product with UPC 0 48000 00097 2 are asked to return it to the Costco location where they purchased it for a full refund. The UPC code (also known as bar code) is found on the label of the product, and the Best By Date is printed on the bottom of the can.

"The health and safety of our consumers is paramount. As soon as we discovered the labeling error, we took immediate steps to issue this voluntary recall by alerting our customer who received the mislabeled product and by asking them to remove it from store shelves," said Shue Wing Chan, President of Tri-Union Seafoods.

"In this instance only those that are allergic to soy are at risk. We are taking corrective steps in our labeling process to ensure this error does not repeat itself."

The agency has said that no other codes of this product or other Chicken of the Sea products are affected by this voluntary recall.