Dungeness Seaworks, a canned tuna brand in Sequim, Washington, has voluntarily recalled its canned albacore tuna products that have product codes beginning with "OC." These canned tuna products are in danger of Clostridium botulinum contamination. The Clostridium botulinum bacteria is dangerous and can result in grave illness and death. The Dungeness Seaworks tuna brand is manufactured by Skipanon Brand Seafoods LLC.
Consumers are advised not to consume these products, even if they appear and smell like they are safe. Botulism is an extremely fatal variety of food poisoning which can cause difficulty swallowing and speaking, double-vision, dizziness and general weakness. Other symptoms include constipation, abdominal distension, general muscle weakness and trouble breathing. If you or your loved ones have consumed Dungeness Seaworks tuna and are exhibiting these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
No Botulism Cases Reported Thus Far
Fortunately, no cases of botulism related to Dungeness Seaworks tuna have been reported thus far. It is believed that the potentially affected cans of tuna were only distributed in Washington state. The last distribution date of affected products was September 2015.
In order to determine if tuna cans in your possession are affected, look at the top or bottom of the can for the product code. If the code begins with "OC," then it has been recalled and it cannot be consumed. Affected products include Albacore Tuna, Albacore Tuna Garlic, Albacore Tuna Jalapeno, Albacore Tuna Olive Oil and Albacore Tuna Hickory Smoke.
Problems Discovered During FDA Investigation
According to Skipanon Brand Seafoods LLC, the recall was voluntarily initiated after it was informed that its product may have been under-processed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered the issue during an inspection of the Skipanon Brand Seafoods facilities.
Consumers in possession of affected cans of tuna can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Meanwhile, consumers who believe they were injured by tainted seafood may have the ability to seek financial restitution in court for their injuries.
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