Bumble Bee chicken salad lunch kit recalled for plastic debris

Authorities with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today the Suter Company is recalling 8.2-ounce packages of the “Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit” and 3.5-ounce packages of “Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers.” This is a nationwide recall that affects 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad. The discovery of hard plastic pieces inside the food packages prompted the recall.

Affected products were distributed nationwide. Lunch kits included in the recall are stamped with a “best by” date of August 2011, while the cracker package has a best-by February 2012 date. The cans of chicken salad bear the establishment number “P-169” inside the USDA mark of inspection and the lot code “0225XXQBC” printed on the package. The items were assembled and shipped to distributors and stores between Aug. 14-28 of this year.

No reports of illness or injury have been reported, and this is a Class II recall, meaning there is a “remote probability of adverse health consequences.” The recall was issued after consumers reported finding the plastic particles in the meals.

The FSIS operates a website that offers 24-hour-a-day consumer help at There also is a toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline available by calling 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) that offers assistance in English and Spanish from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.