FAQ

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Benefits of canned tuna

  • What are the benefits of eating canned tuna?
    • Canned tuna is an excellent source of high quality protein, vitamins and minerals and is low in saturated fat. For Nutrition Information, go to your favorite Bumble Bee Tuna item under the “Products” section and click on “Nutrition & Size”.

Omega-3

  • What are omega-3s?
    • Omega-3 fatty acids or simply omega-3s are considered essential fatty acids, necessary for keeping healthy; however, they are not made by the human body and must be taken from food. Omega-3s can be found in fish, like salmon, tuna, and sardines, as well as other seafood.
  • Why are they good for you?
    • Over the years, research has shown that Omega-3s, a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), play an important role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.
  • Can I get omega-3s from eating Bumble Bee products?
    • Most of our Bumble Bee seafood products contain significant amounts of omega-3s. This information will be stated on the label.

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Dolphin-safe

  • What does the Dolphin Safe logo on your label mean?
    • Bumble Bee Foods remains fully committed to the dolphin-safe policy we implemented in April 1990. This policy guarantees the following:
      • Bumble Bee will not purchase tuna from vessels that net fish associated with dolphins. Our purchasing agreements require certification of dolphin-safe fishing practices from all tuna suppliers
      • Bumble Bee will not purchase tuna caught with gill or drift nets as use of these nets can sometimes entrap dolphins, other marine mammals, or birds.

      We continue to strictly adhere to our dolphin-safe policy.

  • What is Bumble Bee’s dolphin-safe policy?
    • We are pleased to inform you that Earth Island Institute has confirmed our dolphin-safe policy, and it is approved by several conservation organizations. We have developed open lines of communication with the environmental community on this issue. Dolphin-safe is defined by the following factors:
      • Drift nets are not used.
      • There are no purse seine sets made on dolphin through an entire fishing trip.
      • An observer from the National Marine Fishery Service and/or the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission fies fishing vessels and trips in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

      Fishing methods considered dolphin-safe are long line, pole and line, and the purse seine method in the Eastern Tropical Pacific with certification only.
      All of our tuna products on the shelf today are certified dolphin-safe and the labeling on our products proudly don the dolphin-safe indication symbol.

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Recycling (can vs. pouch)

  • Is Bumble Bee’s product packaging recyclable?
    • All of our canned products are 100% recyclable. We have also replaced plastic packaging in our ready-to-eat products to 100% recyclable paper. As of now, our pouched products are not recyclable, but we continue to look for alternatives that would allow recyclability.

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Sodium

  • Why has the sodium content in most Bumble Bee products lowered?
    • To provide our consumers healthier diet options, Bumble Bee recently completed a phased project to gradually reduce the sodium content of our albacore by 44% to 140 mg and light tuna products by 28% to 180 mg from 250 mg per serving. We also introduced Bumble Bee Very Low Sodium Solid White Albacore In Water (Prime Fillet) with only 35 mg of sodium per serving to meet the needs of consumers on sodium-restricted diets.
    • We are currently working hard to implement lower sodium across the remainder of our product portfolio in the coming months.

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Trans fat

  • What are Trans fats?
    • Trans fats (also known as Trans fatty acids) are a specific type of fat formed when food manufacturers turn liquid oils into solid fats like shortening and hard margarine. However, a small amount of Trans fat is found naturally, primarily in some animal-based foods.Trans fats behave like saturated fat by raising low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol that increases your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Trans fats can be found in some of the same foods as saturated fat, such as vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, candies, cookies, snack foods, fried foods, baked goods, salad dressings, and other processed foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
  • Are there any Trans fats in Bumble Bee products?
    • Bumble Bee’s products contain 0g Trans fats per serving.For additional Nutrition Information, go to your favorite Bumble Bee Item in the “Products” Section and click on Nutrition and Size Information.

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Gluten

  • Are Bumble Bee Products Gluten Free?
    • Most of Bumble Bee’s products are gluten free. To comply with government regulations, major allergens such as wheat (gluten), soy, egg, milk, tree and pine nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish will be called out in the ingredient list of the label.

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Halal

  • Are Bumble Bee products Halal?
    • Currently, only Bumble Bee pouch albacore tuna, product of Trinidad is certified Halal.

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Kosher

  • Are Bumble Bee products Kosher?
    • Most Bumble Bee products are Kosher. These products will bear any one of the following marks authorized by the Orthodox Union: or  Parve or  Pareve P or  Passover

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MSG

  • What is MSG?
    • Monosodium glutamate or MSG is a common flavor enhancer.
  • Do Bumble Bee products contain MSG?
    • Bumble Bee’s fish products do not contain MSG. Some of our non-fish products may contain MSG. MSG is required by regulation to be declared on the label. If you are sensitive to MSG, please carefully read the ingredient panel on the label.

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Hydrolyzed Protein

  • What is Hydrolyzed Protein?
    • Hydrolyzed protein is made up of hydrolyzed casein, a primary constituent protein in milk, and hydrolyzed soy protein, protein taken from soy. Bumble Bee no longer uses hydrolyzed protein in any of our products.

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GMO

  • What are genetically modified foods (GM foods)?
    • GM foods are foods produced from ingredients that are or that come from genetically modified organisms (GMO). GMOs have had specific changes introduced into their genetic material to enhance specific natural properties like pest or disease resistance. Commercial GMOs in the US are limited to plant or plant materials.
  • Does Bumble Bee use GMO or GMO derived ingredients?
    • Bumble Bee uses commercially available vegetable oils (e.g., soybean oil) from licensed manufacturers or distributors. These oils are purchased only from approved suppliers that source from a wide range of approved crops. Soybeans grown in commercial quantities in the United States include both GM and non-GM varieties, but current regulations do not require the identification and labeling of these varieties. Consequently, our products containing refined soybean oil may or may not be produced from GM soybeans. Labeling either as containing or not containing could be equally inaccurate. FDA does not permit food to be labeled inaccurately.

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Mercury

  • What is mercury?
    • Mercury is a metal that occurs naturally in the environment mainly as a mineral called cinnabar, and unlike other metals, it is most often seen in its pure form as a liquid (sometimes called quicksilver) that has commercial uses in mining and until recently was widely used in thermometers. It is not used in any form by the human body and is harmful in excessive amounts. Mercury can be transformed into organic (e.g., methyl mercury) form by natural bacterial action or introduced into the environment by pollution. This organic form of mercury is introduced into the food chain of smaller animals like zooplankton. Because organic mercury is stable in the fat tissues of animals and not readily removed, it is progressively collected through the food chain by larger animals (like fish) and eventually end up in humans through the regular diet.
  • Is there mercury in canned tuna and how much?
    • Many types of seafood (including tuna) contain minute amounts of mercury. The mercury level depends on the size and age of the fish, and the area of the catch. Commercial tuna is caught in the ocean far away from coastal areas where industrial discharges or emissions and the use of chemical compounds containing mercury can pollute the waters. That fact, combined with the essentially constant levels of mercury in tuna over the past 100 years, suggest that the miniscule amount of mercury that does exist in tuna is naturally occurring. Nearly all fish contain traces of methyl mercury. Canned tuna meets all health and safety standards set by the FDA, which has established the maximum safe level of methyl mercury allowed in commercial seafood at 1.0 parts per million. In the latest product survey by the FDA, canned light meat tuna averaged less than an eighth of that amount, and canned albacore tuna averaged about a third of the maximum safe level set by the FDA. In the most comprehensive study ever conducted on the subject, the evidence showed that fetal exposure to methyl mercury from fish consumption during pregnancy (at the consumption levels seen in most parts of the world and certainly in the U.S.) does not have measurable cognitive or behavioral effects later in childhood.
    • The government advisory advises that a well-balanced diet includes a variety of fish and shellfish that can contribute to heart health and children’s proper growth and development. Pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children in particular, should include fish or shellfish in their diets due to the many nutritional benefits. The government’s advisory also makes it clear that pregnant and nursing women can safely consume albacore as one of their fish choices. Specifically, the advisory tells pregnant women they can safely eat up to six ounces of albacore a week, which translates into three full servings. You can continue to eat up to twelve ounces of a variety of fish (such as our light meat tuna) and shellfish each week.
    • Health experts agree that consumers do not eat enough seafood and that the health benefits of seafood far outweigh any potential risk.

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