PANAMA’S Food Safety Authority (Aupsa) is investigating whether the A Bumble Bee 5 oz Chunk Tuna brand is in the local market place after a massive recall issued by the company in the US saying it was unfit for human consumption.
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC announced the voluntary recall Wednesday. It applies to a total of 31,579 cases of tuna produced in February and sent to stores nationwide, the company said..
All recalled tuna cans are marked with a can code starts with the letter T.
The product was taken off the US market because an error was made in the sterilization process.
Aupsa reported that Panama importers have been told to take the necessary measures.
The potential spoilage is being blamed on a mistake made in the sterilization process at a co-pack facility not owned or operated by Bubble Bee, the company said.
“These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed,” Bumble Bee, LLC said.
No reports of illness have been linked with the recall.