Bumblebee has voluntarily recalled its 3.75-ounce cans of smoked clams after tests by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed harmful levels of a class of chemicals known as PFAS, more commonly known as “forever chemicals” .
According to the FDA, the recall only applies to 3.75 ounce cans of Bumble Bee Smoked Clams UPC labeled 8660075234 from a third-party manufacturer in China.
The clams were distributed to “a limited number” of retailers across the country, the FDA said, and no illnesses have been reported.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS) are a diverse group of man-made chemicals used in a wide variety of consumer and industrial products, explains Bumble Bee in a press release†
Studies have linked PFAS to elevated cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and preeclampsia in pregnant women, developmental effects, impaired immune response, change in liver function, and an increased risk of cancer.
So far, no illnesses have been reported associated with the smoked mussels, which are sold in the United States.
This recall does not affect other Bumble Bee products and the company said it is working with the manufacturer in China to investigate and resolve the issue.