Food brings people together, especially during the summer. And, events from afternoon picnics to weekend cookouts are certainly in full swing this year as we continue to make the most out of the long, sunny days spanning ahead.
However, be sure that one seafood dish is not on the menu for your upcoming gathering because it can contain toxic chemicals.
For its 3.75-ounce cans of smoked clams, which were sold at Walmart and a select few other grocery stores around the country, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC has filed a voluntary recall and placed it on the FDA website.
In the last week alone, Walmart shops have been affected by a second recall. After the FDA discovered detectable levels of PFAS in the items, the FDA issued the recalled smoked clams as a precaution.
PFAS is described as "a huge, complicated, and ever-expanding category of manmade chemicals that are widely employed to make numerous types of everyday products" by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Since the majority of PFAS are non-degradable, they can accumulate in the body and become dangerous at larger concentrations.
Research has connected the chemicals to higher cholesterol, issues with reproduction, and an increased risk for specific cancers like pancreatic, liver, and kidney cancer.
In 15 east coast and midwestern states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, and many others, the clams were offered for sale at Walmart stores.
The third-party Chinese manufacturer that made the cans is currently cooperating with Bumble Bee to find a solution.
Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., customers can reach Bumble Bee Consumer Affairs at 1-888-295-3627. Keep an eye out for any baked treats from the Enjoy Life Natural Brand while you inventory your kitchen.
Several of the brand's goods, including other chewy bars and soft baked cookies, which were likewise sold at Walmart among other retailers, have also been recalled because of the "possible presence of hard plastic bits.
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