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Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

My husband and I would eat nothing but Chicken of the Sea chunk light in oil for almost 28 years up until now. We are not big on fish and we liked the tastes and texture of Chicken of the Sea, no other tuna. Starting about a year ago the odor and texture is not what it has always been. When hunting for a way to contact company to complain with no luck. Like others have said the tuna now has a foul odor and is more like grated mush rather than chunks. The color is lighter and the oil is more like water. Will no longer purchase this brand because it is no longer eatable. Company just tossed 3 decades of total loyalty to their brand.

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Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

I would prefer giving no stars, but that doesn't seem to be an option. I hesitate to complain about any company, however, after reading the reviews already posted I am even more angered about my experience, frustrated by the lack of response from this company and their callous disregard for the safety and well-being of their customers.

I recently purchased CoS Solid White Albacore Tuna in water (S(O?) 54CCASKP15:55 Best IE used by 03/05/18 Product of Thailand) Upon opening the can I was overwhelmed by the odor. I had to place the can in a plastic bag before doing a physical examination and found the color, consistency and moisture content to be suspicious. This was definitely not "Solid, White or Albacore".

I have found that when offered a product which may cause illness or worse my pets are often a more accurate barometer of condition of a product and confirmed my suspicions once again. My cat, who loves an occasional tuna treat, took one sniff and hastened away. (Domestic animals will not eat anything that will endanger their health.) I would never expose them to harm.

To expect any response or appropriate course of action from this company is obviously fruitless so I have decided to take a different course of action. I will be taking this can of mystery fish to either the county or state lab or both for testing as I have reason to believe that their questionable quality control practices endanger the health of anyone foolish enough to consume or offer to their family or pets whatever it is that they are trying to pass off as Albacore. (In your description of your clients, "Companies that work with ConsumerAffairs want to quickly address the complaints of their customers". Do you always find this to be true?) PS.. I'm sorry, but I don't normally keep grocery receipts. It's never been an issue...

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Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

I threw the tuna salad down the drain. And got sick at the thought of your quality control dept. That will be the last can of any kind of tuna I buy.

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

I ran out of cat food the other day so I opened two cans of Chicken of the Sea Albacore Chunk Tuna. And I was mashing it up. I separated it on 3 plates. I then saw something. I grabbed it and I was SHOCKED to find a thick long bone. I'm glad my cats didn't eat it. Or our dog. He's a 7 month old german shepherd. Or my kids who have tuna a lot. They could have choked bad. It's totally unacceptable having this size of bone. And not a soft bone. I found out my husband found one in his tuna too once. Seriously you guys can't do a better job in checking for bones? People or animals could get seriously hurt if they swallowed it. I put a pic on my Facebook page to warn my family and friends. A lot of them thanked me. They didn't know big bones like that are in tuna. I just wanted you to know. Thank you!!

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Reviewed July 23, 2015

(844) 267-8862 contact #. I finally got around to making a complaint and provided UPC codes and stamped dates. This has been going on for over 1 year and the product still taste fine, it no longer has any substance. My wife purchases 18 cans every two weeks for my diet, in the last year it has all been mushy. I was told during the processing of the product and water added it will break down the texture, my problem with this statement is the product is not that old to have an issue. I was informed that they would escalate this information and I should be contacted and they would send me for coupons for any of their products. I will add more as time progresses and I receive new information.

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Reviewed July 11, 2015

Today I bought 4 cans of the above, maybe after several years. I was looking for white, chunked, dry tuna in water. What I got was a can of squishy, mushy, tanish pieces of tuna, smelling quite like the non-albacore tuna. Like other reviews I have just read, the product is not what is advertised -- definitely not chunk, definitely non-white, and just a can of soaked bits of tuna flesh. I think the labeling must be changed as it is fraudulent as present advertised. In fact, I may just return it to Walmart for mislabeling!!!

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Reviewed July 1, 2015

My wife purchased the product listed above at our local grocery store. When we opened the product we were disappointed to find the product was not what we expected based on our previous experience with Chicken of the Sea. The product looked and smelled rotten. Here is the Lot numbers found at the bottom of the can: 4308CABCKP 18:50 BEST BY 11/04/17. UPC: 0 48000-03355. We have been loyal to this brand for years and do not believe the executives would knowingly let product of this terrible quality get into the consumer's hands. Someone failed in the Quality Control Dept. Shame on them! We will not buy this product again until we see and hear what Chicken of the Sea has done to resolve this issue.

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Reviewed June 11, 2015

I purchase Chicken of the Sea Tuna in oil frequently. I was surprised when I took a bite & found a 1 inch bone that hurt the back of my mouth from my can of tuna. It was not a weak bone that would dissolve in the mouth like salmon. I shudder to think if I had given it to my grandson or my cat (who likes a bite or two).

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Reviewed June 5, 2015

I opened first one, then eventually four cans of CoS chunk light tuna in an effort to make lunch for my kids. Each one had varying amounts of an odd creamy opaque substance clinging to the tuna and the lid of the can. I've never seen this substance in any can of tuna of any brand before now. The meat looks fine; it's chunky as promised and a decent color, with no funny smells, but I am totally turned off by the substance around it. I am throwing away all four cans, and will not buy this brand ever again. All four cans are dated best by 11/27/17.

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Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is the 3rd can of CoS Solid White Albacore Tuna I opened up today, and they were all rotten. The color of the tuna looks rotten. It has dark yellow and brown spots. It smells rotten, and it taste horrible, just from 1 bite I have a bad stomach ache. I took pictures of the product, and my entire family neighbors, were all disgusted from the smell and look of the Tuna. I bought Kirkland tuna (Costco Brand) and it was very fresh compared to this nasty junk.

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Reviewed April 25, 2015

Chicken of the sea chunk light tuna - I purchase this brand frequently. Unfortunately I had two cans that were spoiled + fouled smelling, both from the same exp Dates 9/19/17.

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Reviewed April 17, 2015

Who had the bright idea of changing your Chicken of the Sea Minced Clam recipe? They are now shredded, mushy, and watered down without any flavor! We've been making clam dip for years and these cans of clams are no longer appetizing! The previous "mincing" recipe used to have spices that gave your clams flavor. They were then packed in clam juice, which we always drained from can and used for flavoring dips. Now, this mushy mesh of clams is packaged in a watery, flavorless soup! Where did the chunky clams go? So disappointed in this new standard. It sounds like you are using the same processing techniques on your tuna now, as well. Bring back your previous product that was comparable to Bumble Bee!!

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Reviewed April 9, 2015

Opened a can of CoS chunk light tuna in oil only to be overwhelmed by the "fishy smell". Hardly any oil. Very dry, with no flavor at all. They have no business selling tuna. Should've stuck to my usual, delicious and juicy generic brand.

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Reviewed March 25, 2015

CHUNK means Chunk, not mushy, stringy, stuff floating in water. I have seen better looking cat food! Not even good for tuna salad or sandwich. Just disintegrates to mush! Ended up using it for very expensive cat food!

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Reviewed March 23, 2015

Opened my can of tuna fish white albacore and found what I believed is paper wrapped in my tuna. I haven't pulled the paper out yet but that's gross and nasty. Please see picture below.

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Reviewed March 12, 2015

A couple of days ago I bought some tuna from a nearby Kroger. Of several brands available, I bought two cans of (5 oz. size) Chicken of the Sea Chunk White Albacore Tuna in Water. "Best by 02/13/17" Lot # "30K6Z ACWAS 15:64". Yesterday I opened one can and found the tuna was not white albacore, was not "chunk", but smelled ok. I gave the cat the tuna juice, which left around 2/3 of the can left as tuna meat. The tuna was ALL IN SMALL FLAKES - not a single chunk. I took photos of the label and the can lid with number data, to email to Chicken of the Sea, and found when I got to this website there seems to be no way to communicate with the company except by this "review" section.

I will try to return the remaining can to my Kroger, and will buy another brand. I have had good luck with tuna from Costco, but this time I wanted the smaller can size. I seem to remember another disappointing purchase of "Chicken of the Sea" tuna, quite a while ago - several years - but did not remember in time so as not to purchase it this time! I will never purchase a Chicken of the Sea product again. Poor quality and misleading and untruthful labeling.

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Reviewed March 9, 2015

I opened a can of tuna and was instantly turned off by the smell. There was a kind of metallic, non-tuna smell. I tasted it and it had the same kind of taste. There was no tuna flavor whatsoever. I was concerned about eating it because I have never come across this in a can of tuna. I opened another can that I bought on the same day and it was the same. Guessing it is typical, but I didn't feel even safe enough to feed it to my dog. So I will not be buying Chicken of the Sea again.

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Reviewed March 5, 2015

Purchased several cans of Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna and when I opened the first it literally had no chunks. It looked like it had been run through a blender -- kind of a watery paste. I didn't bother to even taste it and tried to feed it to the cats. Neither one would even touch it. I don't ever remember being so disappointed in a food product and don't plan on purchasing a Chicken of the Sea product again. A major disappointment in quality. I would like to rate as a zero or even negative but since that is not possible I give it a one star rating.

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

Over the past several years I've noticed a distinct change in the quality of this tuna and of course the quantity you receive in the newer smaller cans. I've been a big fan of tuna since childhood. We were brought up on the chunk light and every once in awhile we'd be treated to some white albacore. Well, I don't know who the company thinks they're fooling, but I know the difference between white and other colors. The tuna they are selling as albacore white these days is actually what chunk light used to be. The chunk light they sell now is probably what they sold as cat food..... It's horrible and my family refuses to eat it anymore. I don't know what happened to the white albacore or where it's going but it sure isn't being sold to us! Most of my family now eats the canned chicken breast instead of tuna. At least that's still white and it tastes better too for a lower price.

You are now paying more for COS tuna and getting less quantity and quality. I think a class action suit should be started to address the quality issue and their labeling. It's false information when they try to pass that stuff off as white tuna. They are deceiving the public and making a fine profit as well. When I purchase a can of what they say is white tuna, that's what I expect to get. Instead, I end up with a can what to me is chunk light. They should be forced to refund the public for this deception.

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

Like the previous reviews, when I opened the can I noticed a strong foul fishy odor. I don't remember ever smelling that when I had tuna in the past, but decided to make my sandwich anyway. BIG MISTAKE! About 1/2 hour after eating it, I became very sick. Never again will I purchase this tuna!

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

Bought several cans of solid white tuna in water from Chicken of the Sea. Upon opening the first can, it stunk, was tan/grey in color, no solid pieces and quite frankly disgusting. I will never purchase this tuna again. I do not want coupons for it from the company, etc... At first I thought it was one bad can, but they were all the same.

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Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

What all others have said has been my general experience with COS canned tuna; everything from foul smells to "solid" being unidentifiable mush. The one thing I've not seen anyone mention is the fact that when you drain the can, you're left with less than 1/2 a can of whatever it's supposed to be. Doesn't the FPLA (fair packaging labeling act) have anything to say about the products contents? Can a 5 oz. can of tuna contain 5 oz. of anything (i.e. water, oil) provided it at least contains a speck of fish?

I quit buying COS products a while ago regardless the price and trying not to appear ungrateful declined COS tuna at the food bank one time. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I was use to quality seafood. Remember the COS jingle, "What's the tuna? Chicken of the Sea" What a joke. Someone else mention Costco. I found theirs to be a quality product. Recently at a grocery outlet in Seattle I found Solid White tuna of very good quality and very moderately price by Open Seas Seafood. I went back and bought 24 cans. This 5 I've opened have all been great. The only way it appears to deal with COS is to tell anyone and everyone you know not to buy the crap.

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

Just was eating some pink salmon (skinless boneless) from Chicken of the Sea. The 5 ounce can had the following number on the bottom: K6H2W SAMCP with a UPC code 04808606. I bit down on something very hard and it turned out to be a raggedy edged piece of glass the size of a person's canine tooth. Seems like a safety issue if there might be more out there.

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Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

I bought 4 cans of chicken of the sea solid white tuna in water. The tuna was dark and had a very strong smell. It was not solid white. This is the 3rd I have had this experience in the last 6 months. Each time I has to throw away the product. Code is 9Y9AW ASWAB 19:01 SKU 48000 00095. Very disappointed and cannot waste anymore money.

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Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

I opened one can and immediately can smell something bad - it was the tuna in oil. I have never have this problem, so I think I threw away the receipt. It was on sale: two for one dollar. It didn't taste bad but the smell make it impossible to eat it. I bought 12 cans and all the cans' bottom code is the same: "best by 09/11/17 9K BAZ MCEJS 18:08" Now I'm looking for the store receipt.

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Reviewed Sept. 29, 2014

Today (9-29-2014) my father and I were going to have tuna fish for lunch. I opened the can of tuna and when I was putting it in the bowl before adding Miracle Whip, there was a long hair that I pulled out of the can with pieces of Tuna attached to it. I have never had anything like this happen to me with any cans of tuna that I have purchased. We obviously had to have something else for lunch. I do not have the receipt, but it was purchased at ShopRite in Moorestown, NJ. The information that I believe you would need from the can is as follows : best by date - 10/11/2017, upc # 048000002457, code printed under the best by date: ZEBEB SCWBB 01:21. It is a 5 oz. can that has Chicken Of The Sea, CHUNK LIGHT, TUNA IN WATER printed on it. I would simply like a refund/coupon to replace the can that we did not use. I will hold on to this can until I receive a response from your Company. Please contact me if you need any other information. Thank You in advance for your quick response to me.

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Reviewed Sept. 28, 2014

My experience was approximately 1 year ago but just last week I saw this product on sale, two cans for a dollar at my local grocery store. This made me angry all over again. I purchased 10 cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna in oil and forgot about them in my hot car for a couple days. Days later when I opened one of them it did not look like tuna at all, had no visible oil in it and had a very foul odor to it. I continue to open each can and they were all the same. Several weeks later I purchased some more tuna and brought it into my house immediately from the store. When I opened these cans the product was exactly the same as the ones that I had left in my hot car. Had a hard time finding a website for Chicken of the Sea. Finally found one and sent in my information with bar codes and dates and never heard from them. I will never buy Chicken of the Sea products again.

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Reviewed Sept. 24, 2014

I'd sworn off Chicken of the Sea tuna a couple of years ago after buying 10 cans of solid white tuna on sale and finding that the contents of 8 of the cans smelled bad and were scraps of tuna rather than mostly a solid white piece. I complained to COS and gave them the can's code and after about a month got a letter saying they would need the can before they could take any action. There was a sale at the store today. I thought perhaps my last experience was a fluke. I bought a couple of cans. I opened one and it didn't smell too bad but was about one sixth solid and the rest mashed up. I'm keeping the other can unopened to complain again. Chicken of the Sea is now owned by a Thai company and I suspect they will keep misrepresenting the contents of these cans unless enough people complain to the FDA to cause them concern. The code on the bottom of the can I opened this time is hard to read ZS6Y ASWAB? 17 16 Best By 12/11/17.

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Reviewed Sept. 24, 2014

I bought 2 5-oz. cans of Chicken of the Sea chunk white Albacore tuna in water & 4 5-oz. cans of Bumble Bee chunk white albacore tuna in water. Upon opening the cans the smell was so bad I thought I was going to throw up. The tuna was a mushy, brown, smelly mess. Every can I opened was the same. Had to throw it away. Chicken of the Sea can, Code number is 9MNBZ ACAES 20:40, UPC 4800003355, Expiration date is 7/22/2017. I did not keep any of the Bumble Bee cans, so I don't have the info on them.

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Reviewed Sept. 10, 2014

Opened can and found what appeared to be a clump of some kind of fur or furry cloth. Took pictures of the can and the exp date/info on bottom.

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Reviewed Sept. 9, 2014

Purchased two cans of Chicken of the Sea solid white albacore tuna in water. Opened the first can and I immediately noticed it smelled foul. Then I noticed the tuna wasn't white and certainly not solid. Opened second can to compare and it was the same. The expiration is 7/22/17 and upc is 048000033550. I buy albacore tuna all the time from different brands and it's never smelled or looked so disgusting. I had to throw both cans away. I would like my money back. They were purchased at Kroger in Richmond, VA.

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Reviewed Sept. 3, 2014

I only eat solid white - bought 4 cans on sale at Walgreens. Opened tuna and it is not solid and smells awful. Worse than cat food. I cannot eat it. Expiration is 4/29/17, so it is not expired. Would like a refund of 4 cans that I purchased.

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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

I purchased cans of the very same UPC numbered COS Chunk White Albacore Tuna as another reviewer (Jennifer of Plantation, FL, review Feb. 16, 2012) did. Her purchase was two and a half years ago before mine, and nothing has changed. It is definitely not Albacore, and my cans looked and smelled like the slimy mess many others report. UPC is 048000033550. The poor overall satisfaction for this product would be even lower except that the system did not recognize the sarcasm of 4 stars in Jared's funny review on June 22, 2014. Thanks, Jared, for making me laugh while feeling disgusted by this tuna.

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Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

Recently purchased several cans of Chicken of the Sea Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water. Opened 1st can... Yuck. Opened 2nd can... Yuck again. I didn't bother with the rest of the cans. Returned them to the market for a credit. The cans I opened were NOT solid white... but brownish, mushy and extremely watery. Of course, I threw them away. I don't know what's suddenly going on with the quality control at Chicken of the Sea, but, frankly, I'm not sticking with this product to find out! On to other canned tuna....

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

Solid White Chicken of the Sea on sale @ Stop and Shop, bought a case - 24.00 dollars. Opened 3 cans, soft mushy and a urine smell to it. It seems economic fraud to sell inferior grade product as solid white and have this disgusting consequences. Tried to bring back remaining and they would not take it back.

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Reviewed Aug. 17, 2014

I opened the can, smelled horrible! Not fresh at all! Taste old and fishy. Very disappointed. I lived in Alaska for 20 years. I know fresh fish. In addition I fish for Albacore Tuna in California. This was by far the worst Albacore I ever had!

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Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

Several days ago, I was eating oyster stew that I made at home. I like the stringy meat part but there was some other string like object in there as well. I believe it is some sort of fishing net. I put the rest of the product back in the can and in the fridge. I may move it to the freezer. For obvious reasons, there is also a small amount of milk, crackers and pepper in there, too.

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

I bought 12 cans of, "Albacore tuna in water." This is not albacore. It is a mixture of yellow and brown, and mushy stuff on the bottom. The tuna itself is like a soft mush, like cat food. I made up 3 cans and it is the worst. It went in the garbage. I wouldn't even feed it to my pet. I would like to get my money back. I am a senior and have eaten tuna all my life. Lived on fish as I grew up on the Cape Cod area. I have never had such a product that is nowhere near what it says on the label. I can see why they don't have a phone number or address on their cans. Please refund my $15.00. Will never buy this brand again, and have told everyone in my large family not to buy, "Chicken of the Sea". More like garbage of the sea.

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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Opened two cans and one was mostly as expected--white chunks of tuna as I have received in the past--and the other was grey, slimy, and smelly. The two cans of presumably the exact same product were significantly different with the later being uneatable. Subsequent cans were more similar to the latter in quality level than to the former. I have never experienced such bad quality tuna even when buying the regular, non-white tuna. In addition, I cannot remember ever experiencing such variation in product quality when purchasing a batch of items concurrently. Obviously, this company has terribly quality control and is guilty of false advertising at minimum.

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Reviewed June 22, 2014

A culinary masterpiece.

I can't wrap my head around all of the anger and disappointment I'm seeing in these reviews. When I buy Chicken of the Sea, I always get exactly what I expected. From the moment I cut into the unusually soft can (possibly made of lead) and my olfactory system is bombarded by an odor I haven't experienced since I spent one long, hot summer trapped in a small, windowless apartment with my unwashed grandmother, I know I'm in for a treat.

The substance inside (let's call it tuna) is gelatinous and grey, and reminds me of that time in high school when I dissected a sheep's brain. There are small, black flakes which are either scales or the scabs fallen from the bloodied fingers of the authentically juvenile factory workers that packaged this delicacy. And every bite is riddled with hard, crunchy bits of what are either fish bones or the fingernails of the number of aforementioned children who were too slow to evade the canning press after 72 hours of consecutive, unpaid labor hours.

At the end of the day, when I open up a can of Chicken of the Sea, I'm not sure if I'm eating a fish that was put through a meat grinder whole, or Thai orphans that clearly should have paid better attention during their manufacturing safety orientation class. And that's just how I like it.

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Reviewed June 15, 2014

I just opened a can for lunch. I was surprised to see it was not "solid" which costs a lot more money. I usually buy a different brand. Then when I dumped it into a bowl, the bottom had a thick layer of mushy white gooey stuff I've never seen in my life and I am 62 years old. I couldn't even think of eating it and I gave it to the cats.

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

I have made Tuna salad for 40 years to everyone's delight and lately our favorite brand is Costco's. This time I found a special at Giant on Chicken of the sea Solid White Albacore Tuna and decided to make a double recipe. What a mistake. The flavor and texture were so bad I tried several ways to fix it but in the end had to discard it. On a positive side, the cats love it.

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

This seems to be a continuing scenario with several tuna companies. First it was Bumble Bee, which I stopped purchasing over a year ago, and now, add to the list Chicken of the Sea. Here is the email I sent to their customer service:

"This may be only ONE example of MANY cans of supposed SOLID WHITE Albacore tuna that is NOTHING as the name suggests.

"Once again, I open a can (a lousy 5 oz I might add, yet the price stays the same or more) to find an ashen grey matter of disgusting, heavy fish odored "tuna". It's pure garbage. Unfortunately, I have several more cans in my cabinet that at some point will need to open and wonder what surprise will await me? But, after those are gone, that's it for me and Chicken of the Sea (Ah, good new slogan). No one should be sold this junk or have to eat it. And I've had numerous experiences of this poor quality stuff for well over a year now. Where is the quality control? Or isn't there any decent "Solid White" tuna left? If this is all you are able to sell, then stop marketing it as Solid White Albacore, as it's not and the heavy fish odor only sends out an alarm that it's BAD."

Yet another canned fish company that won't be on my shopping list no matter what SALE price it might be.

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

UPC code 48000 00262 4 12 oz can. Tuna was mushy, dark color and smelled really bad. Choose to throw away rather than risk food poisoning. We will not buy this brand again.

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Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

This is the 10th can of Chicken of the Sea tuna in a row that I consider unacceptable. The "Best By Date" on my remaining can is 06/26/17. All of the cans were way within their Best Buy Date. I had to throw out much of the tuna. Not only was it grey, it had an smell that I consider to be unfit for human consumption. The Bar Code on the remaining can is 48000 00095 8. The code on this can is ZYS7X ASWAB 16:07. I understand that they are trying to be "Dolphin Friendly" but the product in the cans is not "Solid White" as stated. I'm trying to find "Three Diamonds" tuna but I can no longer find it in the grocery stores.

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

Just so you know, Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon is a product of Thailand. Therefore, no one, including the FDA knows how this product is processed. Fair warning, over 70 percent of our seafood in the US is from a foreign country and about 2-3 percent is examined per the FDA. In addition, parasites are known to be in our food products from foreign countries and even in the US. Learn more about this issue on

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

Opened a can of Chicken of the Sea White Albacore Tuna 11/2103 with a good date of 3-28-2017. Smell was worse than the dumpsters outside of restaurants! Tuna in the can was not white. It was a gray slimy mess with dark brown and black pieces in it. I emailed the company through their website with no response. Now I have called them and still waiting for a response.

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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

I haven't had very good luck with tuna lately. The tuna I have purchased has smelled bad when it was opened. It smelled as if it had gone too long before packing (but I'm no expert). I only know I had it and didn't feel very good that night and the next day. I'm thinking about just not buying this brand any more as I have had now several experiences like this in the past year. What's going on?

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Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

I am more surprised when I get a 'good' can of tuna. I have called CS (no one ever answers) and when I finally did get hold of someone, I was SCOLDED because they have some kind of policy that they will replace ONE time. What about the other BAD TUNA???? I bought a BIG can to make a casserole, had everything ready and opened the tuna, WORST SMELLING tuna I'd ever smelled and it looked like dark mush, was SOLID WHITE ALBACORE IN WATER. I got a letter and a coupon for a free can. The letter was telling ME, I had to be POLITE. I sent the letter and the coupon, back to the attention of the 'so-called' CS rep who sent it to me with my own comments. High priced, horrible tuna, I will never eat it again.

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Reviewed Aug. 22, 2013

I recently purchased 3 cans of Chicken of the Sea Solid White Albacore Tuna in water, 12 ounce, Bar code 0 48000 00262 4. The cans are labeled best by 3/13/17. I opened one can and prepared a sandwich for my husband to take to work for lunch. I thought the tuna smelled off or old but went ahead and made his sandwich. Later I sampled some of the tuna and immediately gagged and spit out the spoiled fish. Fearing food poisoning, I quickly called my husband at work and warned him not to eat the tuna but to throw it away. Good thing I caught him before he ate it. I later learned there is a recall of the 5-oz. cans of tuna. I think the problem is not just limited to the 5-oz. but also the 12-oz. cans! Totally grossed out and hoping I don't get food poisoning from the little bit I did ingest.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Purchased a SOLID White Albacore Tuna in water for a tuna salad. It is NOT Solid Tuna! I noticed they are now ripping off the public by reducing the size of the can from 6 oz. to 5 oz., and what once was Chunk tuna is now Solid tuna, apparently. The tuna in the can was shredded, it was Not Solid Tuna! Tried to reach Chicken of the Sea customer affairs, only to be given a form to fill out. No response from them to date either.

What once was healthy food now is reduced to GARBAGE so the CEOs can make a few cents out of each can. I will NEVER purchase this product again!!!

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

I purchased this can last week and opened it tonight. Best by date is 03/14/17 code is ZLE5EASWAE 14:07 (the first E and 5 might be an F and S; it was difficult to read). Tuna looked like no solid white albacore I have ever seen. It was beige/grey, somewhat slimy with very little solid chunks, lots of mushy tuna. I did not notice an unusual smell but decided to discard it just because of the color. I read on CS web site under FAQ that solid white albacore tuna can range in color from pink to the beige/grey. But all tuna I have purchase in the past, even the chunk light, was not this color. I guess the consumer must beware.

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

Recently purchased three 12 oz. cans of COS "Albacore Solid White Tuna". I have had Albacore tuna and this crap was not Albacore tuna. The first can was somewhat edible, but had no flavor to speak of and didn't look any different than cheap tuna in oil. When the second can was opened, three other people and I winced at the odor from simply opening the can! It was greyish in color and had a very old smell and taste. Not sure, I mixed it with mayo and ate a sandwich and became sick. Again, I do not believe this was Albacore tuna at all and further, I think that whatever it was, it was not handled properly somewhere from sea to the store shelf. I think COS is passing off low grade tuna as Albacore tuna to increase their profits.

There was no telephone number on the can to contact them. I tried to contact them via the internet, but they only provide a snail mail address for "comments". What reputable consumer food company doesn't provide customer service? In any event, I wouldn't anticipate any response from a snail mail inquiry from a company that clearly cares so little about quality control anyway. It's almost as if they don't want to hear the complaints regarding their product so they plug their ears singing. I will never purchase this disgusting product again, and it's only a matter of time before someone files a class action lawsuit against them.

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

Chicken of the sea Chunk White Tuna 5oz. can, 05/18/16 expiration - Both cans, when opened, smelled very bad. The odor left me wanting to vomit. The color was gray and all mushy. I will think twice about buying Chicken of the Sea again.

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Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

I used the last two cans of tuna yesterday from a six- or eight-pack I bought at Costco. I mixed the tuna with mayonnaise, capers and celery as I usually do. Eating the mixture, I half swallowed a hard piece of something which lodged in my throat. I live alone and was choking and finally remembered the Heimlich Maneuver when alone. I forced my chest against a kitchen chair and was finally able to cough up a piece of hard plastic. I was devastated that I almost died from eating tuna fish. I washed out the piece thinking it was a bone but to my astonishment, it was a large piece of plastic. My throat was irritated and I threw up for the next two hours, mostly dry heaves after the food came out. I have the piece of plastic and thought of calling a lawyer but decided to contact you first. I have the empty cans with serial numbers on them. I almost died here! Looking forward to your response before I proceed with a lawyer.

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

I've gotten sick off of this grime before, but it was years ago. I haven't eaten it again until recently. I normally eat good, solid tuna made by Tonno, that stuff is delicious! But this is where I draw the line. I was starving and made a sandwich with Chicken of the Sea tuna yesterday. I understand now that it was against my better judgment, but at that time I thought to myself, "There's no way I could get sick off of two cans consecutively!" Wrong! Halfway through my sandwich, I nearly ** myself with diarrhea. I refused to even give the remainder of the sandwich to my dog! I felt sick for the entire day! I couldn't eat, could barely move. Why, oh why is it so hard for these clowns to make a consumable that doesn't give you dysentery?! Isn't that like number one on the list of things to do when you're a food company?

I feel like an **. What was in that can could hardly be called tuna, it was just this yellowish-pink gunk with a snot-like consistency and when I dug down deep enough, I found a few shreds of actual meat underneath, buried in obscurity. From hell itself! But I ate the edible looking bits anyway. Again, I was starving. I've been in eating competitions before. I've been known to have a cast-iron stomach and yet this stuff floors me. Twice. How does this happen? Something this grotesque shouldn't be able to slip through the cracks. What kind of company is this? You people are insane! Shame on Chicken of the Sea! The folks running it are dangerous! I will never again feed to myself or any other person or animal, purchase or so much as spit on anything having to do with a Chicken of the Sea product, and you suits running this sideshow better bet your rear ends that I'll make sure everyone I care for does the same!

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Reviewed June 13, 2012

The can of light tuna I opened is mostly a pasty substance with some chunk tuna inside. Since the company offers no reasonable way of contacting them about quality issues, I will never purchase products from this company again.

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Reviewed March 22, 2012

The can says there may be bones! I'll say two large enough to crack my filling! Also, as with other complaints, I have seen this so-called chuck albacore is shredded with other than white tuna and has some kind of gunk in the can! This tuna is disgusting and dangerous!

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Reviewed March 15, 2012

For about 3 months now, I have noticed a thick gel in the small cans of chicken of the Sea Tune (supposedly packed in water) when you're squeezing out the water. It's gross. Typically, I can get rid of it and the tune is fine. It's just a P.I.T.A. But lately there is so much that you can't get enough off so that it doesn't destroy the flavor. What the heck is this stuff and why is it there?! I am switching to another brand. I had enough.

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Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

This is the first time I have purchased Chicken of the Sea and it will be the last unless I can be proved otherwise! I opened a can of "Chunk White Albacore" Tuna in Water and the first thing I noticed there weren't any chunks and it looked mixed with something besides Albacore. Also there was definitely not 5 oz. I could barely make one sandwich with the entire can. What a rip off! UPC/Product is 048000033550.

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

I opened and cooked 2 cans of chicken of the sea boneless skinless pink salmon. My husband, 10 yr old daughter, 8 yr old son, and 4 yr old nephew were eating the salmon. My husband began to chew and discovered a circular plastic object in his salmon. Any one of my kids could have easily swallowed the object. While I am thankful that it was my husband and he knew what to do, I am still extremely angry that it happened. I buy chicken of the sea products all the time and I no longer feel safe feeding my family with their products.

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

Purchased several cans of Chunk White Tuna in water which were actually in oil. Is this a common problem where the tuna is mislabeled?

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Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

I opened on 11/11/11 a can of solid white albacore tuna in water to make a sandwich for my work day, best by 4/27/15 (hitck aswab)21:29 .On my second bite there was something hard inside. Upon my examining of sandwich I noticed 2 small fragments which myself and co-workers examined and discarded the rest of sandwich and I still process the pieces for further examination.

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Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

I bit into a bone while eating tuna casserole. This was the second can of tuna, the first being Trader Joe's. I don't know which had the bone in it. Please replace.

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Reviewed May 19, 2010

My family ate the Chicken of the Sea tuna in oil that we purchased from Food-4-Less in Palomar Chula Vista, CA, and we all had a food poisoning due to a bacteria or Salmonella. I was hospitalized and confirmed that I had a food poisoning. I am requesting to have these items pulled from the store and before someone else will be affected. I had severe abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. I was not able to work because of this incident.

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2007




I bought several cans of tuna (small cans to keep fresh each serving, sandwich etc.)at Von's in November, in preparation for two specific dishes I planned to make over the holidays. One is an artichoke-tuna salad, the other a casserole, and of course, since we all like "white chunk tuna" sandwiches, I figured six cans would do it!

Last week, unfortunately, in the middle of all the busy Christmas preparations, I opened two cans of

Chicken of the Sea brand "Chunk white tuna" in water I believe (didn't matter for the recipe, oil, or water) discover in both cans, ABSOLUTELY NO CHUNKS contained in either of the two cans...I packed the "dog food, flakes in appearance" which resembled minced clams, with allot of mushy "tuna colored" fluid..but no chunks whatsoever! I packed up the two cans and their contentents and took it back to the Von's where I'd bought them, a time-consuming feat, but necessary

I believe... The manager at the Harbor Von's here in Ventura, read the top of the can to be "SM6H24CICJwit6". As I placed the tuna flakes in their respective cans, on the counter, the lady behind me remarked..."Oh, there's nothing you can do about that..they're ALL like that!" I replied, yes, and we're paying for each and every one of them, not to mention the gas to get into the car to go to the store to buy the NEW REPLACEMENT CANS OF TUNA.

According to the photos on the cans of the Chicken of the Sea brand...the 'chunk" tuna should show some resemblance of a "large piece" of tuna, or a rounded, sort of jigsaw picture of a group of at least five or six chunks of tuna in it. Not so in either of these...and to my discouragement, neither did the cans of "Star Kist" either! I called John, the Manager at the Von's on Main St., near Ventura Avenue, and told him I'd had it! I brought my can opener with me yesterday and went through seven cans of "$.99" sale items of "so called chunk" tuna...until the place started to smell like a cat farm!

Yuck-I had to be sure there were CHUNKS of tuna..the quality OF the tuna, in the small flake or minced, or thickly tuna flavored watery substance, could really not be detected adequately, as when one bites into a chunk, there's a flavor cannot "bite into" flakes of tuna floating around..and nobody wants it in their I therefore contend, that you're selling CAT FOOD UNDER THE AUSPICIOUS of it being "quality chunks of tuna fish".

If six out of six cans, three from each different store, are flakes, not chunks, then isn't there a pretty good possibility that this is NOT a quality control problem? The Bumble bee tuna was "thicker" flakes, but flakes no less, and no chunks too. This group of canned tuna might have all been bad..but what are the chances that three cans of Chicken of the Sea from Von's , three from Albert son's, and the other three specifically from the different brand., i.e., Bumble Bee brand...being an "accident" by a conveyor belt or a packing machine? the bumble bee can was #6234MR4CTP. It appears to me that ALL THREE COMPANIES are packing flakes instead of chunks...and they can't blame it on the trucking companies' movements causing the tuna to "settle" in the can, either!


We think that someone from an agency totally unconnected with any of the companies, should conduct their own "spot" test, and pull obscurely, cans of tuna on a week to week basis, from all three companies, (opening them at the store to save gas and time!) and report exactly how many of these CANS OF "CHUNK" TUNA, consist OF "any chunks of tuna" at all! We even opened a large $3.69 can or two, to find one or few chunks of about the size of a dime stacked three large chunks at meat, just flakes and water.

As the lady said in the line behind me.."There's nothing we can do about it, they're all like that" isn't good enough for me. I feel that for every can of tuna worth about $.15, with their "always on sales" of $.99 cents a can-their profit for not ever even inserting ANY chunks in their "chunk tuna" cans as advertised, is about $.85 per can.

We also think that the only way to resolve this, if their production control can't be changed, or "won't" become corrected, they should be required to pack their tuna in SEE THROUGH LIDS, or even totally see-through packets, such as they already have, yet they're not see through, just made of pliable easy to ship, foil.

Since most of us, the moms whose families like tuna casserole, sandwiches, and something meaty to bite into among the celery and pickles salads...and don't really have time to gather to form a class action and spend many years in court...we 're counting on YOU to help resolve this in a reasonable fashion.Perhaps ONE QUICK RESOLUTION would be for each store manager to bring his own can opener and open several cans of "advertised chunk" tuna...document it, and eventually STOP ORDERING ANY CHUNK TUNA from that company tested and found to be selling "flakes in water." But this would be causing allot of havoc on behalf of the grocery store personnel whom we feel is already under much stress dealing with our complaints, as well as trying to assemble falsely advertised products!

While you 're at it, could you please explain how "new packaging in foil" causes the price of the ounces of tuna to DOUBLE AND TRIPLE...while the previous practice of "canning" the tuna is more expensive to produce?

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Reviewed Jan. 4, 2006

On 12/31/05 my wife opened a can of Chicken of the Sea Chunk White Albacore Tuna and found several pieces of either glass or plastic slivers within the meat of the fish. She asked me to inspect the can of Tuna and I confirm her findings.

Dimensions are about 1mm x 7 mm.

We have purchased this product for over 20 years and never had any problems.
The markings on the cans are as follows:


I am glad we did not consume the product.

Please notify the company concerning our findings.

Thank You.

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Reviewed Dec. 4, 2003

I found stuff in the can of oysters that looked almost like hair off of a mouse. I didn't find it until I got to the bottom of the bowl of oyster stew. God knows I wanted to throw up. That was the second can I found the mouse hair like stuff in. I buy chicken of sea canned whole oysters and tuna and I have never had anything like that happen.

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