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Van Camp's Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna - Where's the "chunk"?
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AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Today I used the second can of Van Camp's Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna that I had in my cupboard. When I opened the can it looked like slivers of tuna floating around in broth. I couldn't even squeeze all the water out of the can because the mushy tuna wanted to squeeze out with it. Adding mayonnaise made the tuna even more wet, making it the consistency of soup. My complaint is (actually it's more like a question)-How can a company say it's chunk light tuna when it's really not? I think this company should go back in time and use whatever old processing that really was chunk light.

I remember that time and I was pleased with the chunk light tuna that really did have chunks of tuna in it. I've always thought of Chicken of the Sea as a top-notch company. I'm very disappointed.
     
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Anonymous on 09/09/2008:
I believe the "chunks" were actually pieces of dolphin, and now that they claim to be a dolphin free product the chunks are gone.
Anonymous on 09/09/2008:
I've heard this complaint from a lot of tuna lovers including the one that lives with me who went so far as to write the company several times demanding they change the name from 'Chunk Tuna' to 'Tuna Slurry'. They responded with a coupon good towards her next purchase of Chunk Tuna.
Anonymous on 09/09/2008:
C2O, that's just gross. YUCK LOL
I don't eat any seafood, canned or otherwise. Maybe this is contributed to the same disorder related to not eating chicken off of the bone.
Anonymous on 09/09/2008:
Hey John, dolphin is not too bad. I prefer mine tuna free though. LOL!
cherpep on 09/09/2008:
Is it chicken or is it tuna? It says chicken on the label.
Anonymous on 09/09/2008:
Tuna is the Chicken of the Sea. Everything swimming out there tastes like tuna.
Sharon on 05/25/2011:
I found what seems to be a canine tooth in the tuna, I bit down on it.
NOW WHAT ?
Dave on 01/03/2012:
Save-a Lot tuna, for $.68 a can, seems to be the only chunck tuna I can find. I still get the occasional slurries though.
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Bone in Tuna
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Upon opening a can of tuna for dinner, I
found a 1.5 inch bone in it...and 1/2 smaller
bone-I contacted company and took a photograph
of it. I could have choked and or be in the
er right now, if I had not noticed.
     
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DebtorBasher on 02/03/2010:
A bone in fish is not considered a foreign object, though it would be nice not to have them, you do. You just have to be careful, I inspect any tuna and salmon with my fingers to detect any bones that may be in them...especially the salmon because you know they are in there. Some people just chew up the tuna bones, but that's them...I pick them out. You just have to be extra careful when giving any kind of fish to young children to be sure they DON'T get any bones. It doesn't hurt to let the company know about it, if they get enough notices from enough people, they may inspect the products more...you may even get a coupon, but again it isn't considered a foreign object.
ejack053824 on 02/03/2010:
+1 for the Basher!
Anonymous on 02/03/2010:
Tuna is a dead fish. Fish have bones......
PepperElf on 02/03/2010:
heck, db - you can even buy canned salmon that's specifically sold with the bones still in it.
the can advertises it as being a good source of calcium.


now if the tuna had say, a bit of dolphin fin in it, then sure there'd be an issue
but it's not unreasonable to see a bit of bone once in a while.

kind of like meat... sometimes you find a vein in your beef.
Starlord on 02/04/2010:
I hate to tell you, LL, but fish have bones, and occasionally, one or two will slip through any processing. Next time, buy shark, as their skeletons are cartilage and come out in one piece, usually. Even if a piece breaks off, it is soft and chewy.
Anonymous on 02/04/2010:
I always shake my head at complaints like this where a natural body part etc from a dead animal ends up in the package and people can't understand HOW it could possibly happen.
Anonymous on 02/04/2010:
You should never assume that processed fish or fish filets are bone free.
I wouldn't recommend that you disect your smoked salmon before eating it like an earlier poster did and even LadyS knows to be careful when feeding small children fish...DUH!
It is an isolated event and writing letters won't change how they process their fish DB, or should I say, Dear Abby?
(BA)
madconsumer on 02/04/2010:
many people look forward to finding bones in tuna. this proves it is real fish, and as said, a source of calcium.
riplid on 07/29/2011:
I think the people that posted a comment that didn't like the guy posting a comment a bone in Chicken of the Sea works for Chicken of the Sea> I to found a boner in my sandwich, good size of one, I could have got stuck if down. what if it went down a little child. There should be no excuses why a bone was in the tuna none. I don't care if it is a fish. if no bones are supposed to be in there, then make sure no bones are supposed to be in there. STOP cutting corners
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Shut down
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They shut down their plant in Samoa and put many people out of work. I will NOT BE BUYING THEIR PRODUCT AGAIN! Did they move to ChinA? Probably!!!
     
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let me see? on 01/17/2010:
Very wise becky345. So you will not be buying GM cars. Ford cars, GE products, or about 1000 other companies that have closed or laid off workers in the last year.. What you really mean is that a company should just lose money to keep people employed, think it out, it may take a while but you can do it.
Anonymous on 01/17/2010:
Though the details weren't brought up in the 60 Minutes show the OP very likely saw tonight, Chicken of the Sea closed its Samoa plant to open one in the state of Georgia. Brought 200 jobs along with a $20 million investment to Georgia. Labor costs, of all things, were the driving factor in their decision to do so. (Labor costs forced on them by the U.S. this past year, according to 60 Minutes.) The other tuna canneries in Samoa may also follow suit. Chicken of the Sea sent none of these jobs to China.
skelly39 on 01/18/2010:
Samoans were working for well under minimum wage. When the law passed requiring them to be paid minimum wage, Chicken of the Sea packed up and moved. I guess they figured if they had to pay livable wages, they may as well do it on the mainland? I don't know...
PepperElf on 01/18/2010:
perhaps

then again, it's kind of sad... in order to give us cheap prices many companies have to move out of the US in order to make the product. otherwise, the extra costs - such as health insurance, retirement, etc... would be added to the cost of the product.


I know of one company that is 100% made in the US - they even buy their supplies from 100% US companies. The product is well made and they stand behind the name.

However their products are NOT cheap.

that's the drawback

and for things like food items... there's a lot of people who would scream bloody murder if they had to pay extra for items
Starlord on 01/18/2010:
I saw about a program that looked into the number of NFL players from Samoa, 30 in the NFL. Look at pro sports salaries and see how much we contribute to the Samoan econmy.
Evay31 on 04/21/2010:
I know someone that works at the plant here in Lyons Ga. It brought a lot of jobs here and I for one are glad that they came. I wish they would've left their management there though.
Bilton on 03/25/2012:
Glass in salmon
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Where's the flakes of Chicken of the Sea?
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Chicken of the Sea used to be #1, but is now at the bottom of my list. The tuna used to be flakey and now you get mush (more like by products). What has happened? I will no longer purchase Chicken of the Sea. The generic products are now better. The last four cans of Chicken of the Sea went into the trash. I almost gagged when I opened the cans.
     
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bunnyhead on 01/03/2010:
Hmm...there have been a lot of complaints about this in the last few weeks. Try pouches, they are always better.
Skye on 01/03/2010:
Yes the pouches are better. They may cost more, but are so worth it.

Good advice bunnyhead.
Ponie on 01/03/2010:
I'll take BumbleBee above Chicken Of The Sea any day. A bit more per can, but no waste.
bcd on 01/03/2010:
I agree with Ponie. We buy only Bumble Bee.
Anonymous on 01/03/2010:
I love the Starkist pouches. Target has the smaller ones on sale for a buck or a buck and a quarter each pretty often. Perfect size for a sammy for me with a few bits for each meower.
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Large bones in Tuna
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I found a bone in my tuna, more that half the size of my thumb. The company asked me to send it to them so they could see it. I did. They told me they would return it but smashed it instead. It was sent tapped to cardboard, between cardboard and bubble wrapped. Beware..I chocked on this bone and was lucky. A small child might not be so lucky. They told me it is normal to find bones in Tuna.
     
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Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
FISH HAVE BONES DON'T THEY?!

"...They told me they would return it but smashed it instead. It was sent 'tapped' to cardboard, between cardboard and bubble...."
*shakes head*


MSCANTBEWRONG on 11/03/2009:
I got nothing!! *shrugging*
redmx3racer on 11/03/2009:
Were you able to determine that it was a Tuna bone, or was it a Chicken bone?
old fart on 11/03/2009:
Why would there be a chicken bone in a tuna fish can??
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
"CHICKEN Of The Sea"
PepperElf on 11/03/2009:
old fart ... maybe the chicken was feeling feisty?


but seriously fish have bones. it's best to separate your tuna out first.

also if you get canned salmon it usually has small bones too - tho they're rather crunchy and quite edible. (they advertise it as "extra calcium" on the cans)
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
Peps, tell me about it. A trout bone dam near 'offed' me!
Skye on 11/03/2009:
How do you know they smashed the bone? Granted, tuna has bones in it, but finding one that made you choke is pretty bad.

So what did the company say about this whole incident?
old fart on 11/03/2009:
Trout have those "Y" shaped bones... they're nasty...
PepperElf on 11/03/2009:
zz - that's one bone in need of some serious anger management classes!

oi!


but now I have a hankering for crunchy canned salmon with the tiny bones in it...
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
Those Salmon bones do add texture, huh?
redmx3racer on 11/03/2009:
Old Fart-ever hear of Jessica Simpson? I was making a joke.....
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
Red, I remember that. Wasn't that on "That 70's Show?"
old fart on 11/03/2009:
Red.. sorry... I'm not UP on Jessica simpson...LOL

Ya got to remember, my name is "old fart" for a reason...
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
OP...did you know that TUNA is a FISH? And that FISH have BONES? It is NORMAL to sometimes find a bone in a can of tuna, or a bag of catfish nuggets, or a fish filet.

I have found scales in my tuna. I just 'fish' them out and eat the meat.
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
OF, you are not missing much. She is average, her DAD said that she has a nice "rack" and her Sister got booed off the stage during halftime at a college football game.
PepperElf on 11/03/2009:
wait... her DAD said that about his own daughter?
you sure this is Jessica Simpson we're discussing and not Miley Sirus?


oh and yes the salmon bones are quite tasty. they're a bit small but they don't choke you. nothing you can't handle with a good set of teeth
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
Pepper, my dad said I have my mother's butt and hands. I did not see that as offensive.

Reminds me of people getting up in a dither over Hulk Hogan putting tanning lotion on his daughter back, arms, legs and thighs.
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
It was Simpson's Dad. Billy Ray Cyrus, is too cool to be saying things like that.
LadyS, a Dad shouldn't be taliking about his daughter's RACK to the press.
There are "good touches" and "bad touches".
PepperElf on 11/03/2009:
eh, I normally don't imagine fathers commenting on their daughter's boobs....


zz billy ray was OK with his 16 year old pole dancing though... ;-)
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
I am too! *laughing*
JR in Orlando on 11/03/2009:
Lady Scott was that a doctor's scale? I found a bathroom scale in an extra large can of tuna.

If you ever choke on anything or have a problem with food, never,ever send it to the company. With the photographs, they have today, take a lot of photographs, one of which has a ruler in it. (not a king, but the measuring kind). You never know when you might need it for evidence later.
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
So JR, if I find another grasshopper in my green beans what should I do?
JR in Orlando on 11/03/2009:
Dip in chocolate!! I hear chocolate coated grasshoppers are good. Don't tell the company though, or they may charge you extra for the meat.
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
No thanks! Visioning it's eyes glaring at me was enough.
PepperElf on 11/03/2009:
Chocolate covered grasshoppers?

Well... I have heard that David Carradine had a bit of a kinky streak...
old fart on 11/03/2009:
I once ate a live grasshopper on a drunken bet!
I won!
Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
Zz it was a bathroom scale. I kept it for my big butt. :) I also have told my daughter she got all the boobs in the family.

Exactly what was said by JS dad and what context? I hardly ever believe anything written in the trash rags or shown on the news. Most of it has been edited to get the reaction that they want.

Anonymous on 11/03/2009:
LadyS, I/We can find it.
Problem Child on 11/04/2009:
Chicken of the Sea told me and I quote "We can only assume that the bone was not easily seen because it was not detected by our employees and now was it seen by you when preparing the tuna." I am legally blind in one eye and almost blind in the other eye and have no dept vision.
PepperElf on 11/04/2009:
just how big was this bone?
I'm assuming you still have it?

maybe post a picture of the tunabone?
Anonymous on 11/04/2009:
OP, it is a bone. Fish have bones. Tuna is a fish.

Buy a bag of boneless catfish nuggets and you will find the stray bone or two there as well.
LilyLily on 02/03/2010:
I just found a 1.5 inch bone in my tuna 6oz. I could be in er right now.
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Solid White Albacore Tuna is neither
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I have been buying for Chicken of the Sea for twenty plus years and always the Solid White Albacore brand. Lately the cans have had nothing solid in them and are closer to the brown side then white. It is clearly not the product that used to greet me when I opened the can. In the past I could remove the tuna with a fork, now I need to pass it through a strainer. I am totally disappointed with their decision to down grade their product. I will be buying another brand in the future.
     
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Skye on 09/21/2009:
You know, I have to agree with you. I made a tuna casserole for my parents this weekend, and the Chicken of the Sea solid white, in water, was very chunky looking and brown. Also, not much in the can. I normally buy the packets of tuna, much better and great quality. Chicken of the Sea in the cans was one of my favorites.

I purchased the Chicken of the Sea, as they were on sale, 6 cans for $5.00. Never again.
Anonymous on 09/21/2009:
Buy tuna in the packets. They are so much better than the canned tuna
PepperElf on 09/21/2009:
true but the cans are cheaper
I usually buy wegman's though cos it's cheaper than the brand names
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Chicken of the Sea mislabeled
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Two cans of Chicken of the Sea 'Solid White Albacore' in water were NOT solid white.

It was the cheap flaky, soggy fishy-tasting pink stuff sold as their cheaper brand. Ripped off!

Even the cat won't eat it.
     
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Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
the packaged tuna seems to be the way to go.


Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
I don’t eat tuna nasty stuff.
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
That’s cause she thinks its chicken.
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
It's Albacore Tuna in a can! What were you expecting a pristine chunk of Tuna?!
If you want to upgrade get the stuff in a pouch or visit a fish market afterall you live in OREGON.....
One more thing, wherever you decide to go and get your fish it will still smell like FISH.

Best regards, your cat.
DebtorBasher on 06/11/2009:
If you mix it with a big gullop of Miracle Whip...it will be white and you won't taste the fishy taste anymore.

The Basher solves another one....NEXT!!!
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
I LOVE Miracle Whip with tuna fish. I add dill relish and grill it with some cheese. Mmmm mmmm tasty!
spiderman2 on 06/11/2009:
yaya -- I like mine the same way. I HATE sweet relish. Dill rules.
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
MW, is a better choice than mayo' but you have to go easy on the stuff around the edges of your sammie or you will find yourself making a "fashion statement" and not one that you will be proud of either!
Right, DBiz?
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
You're no fun Steve
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
MW, makes a mean egg salad.
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
As a few of you here may know, I draw the line at pancake syrup.
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
I usually just put some melted butter on my pancakes. and sprinkle some powdered sugar on them.
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
*putting the pancake syrup away*
madconsumer on 06/11/2009:
yummy mircle whip!
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
Wally that's where syrup belongs....Trust me and thank you for putting that away, Yaya.
madconsumer on 06/11/2009:
whip cream is funner.
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
I bet it is.
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
*getting the whipped cream out*
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
See you all at my pad. I'm checking out from the gig.
Anonymous on 06/11/2009:
Living in Oregon you should have access to some killer fresh fish? I'd be having fresh salmon most of the time if I was living there.
jktshff1 on 06/11/2009:
All I saw was yaya getting the whipped cream out and clicked on it. LOL! funny part is it has to do with fish!!!
DebtorBasher on 06/11/2009:
I like butter and sugar on my pannycakes! Not powered sugar, just regular sugar!
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Very Dissatisfied
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BAY ST LOUIS, MISSISSIPPI -- I am very dissatisfied in your product. I will never buy watered down tuna any more. The price continues to go up and the amount of product goes down. I'm also writing for many of my family and friends. We all have been very disappointed.
     
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Anonymous on 01/16/2009:
this looks a job for the Tuna Wrangler
Ponie on 01/16/2009:
I'm a believer in if 'you buy cheap, you get cheap.' I've always bought BumbleBee White Albacore. The can is packed with tuna with very little water. Just give it a try once and I doubt you'd ever go back to another brand. But that's just me...
Principissa on 01/16/2009:
Try the tuna in the pouch. It costs more but you're paying for tuna.
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Empty Can of Tuna
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COCONUT CREEK, FLORIDA -- I purchased two cans of albacore tuna from my local grocery store. When I opened the cans, one was practically empty...mostly water and a thin layer of tuna on the bottom!!! The other can was pretty much full but watery.
     
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soccermom12h on 12/14/2008:
There are usually 1-800 numbers on the packaging of any product. Call that number and complain. They will probably give you a coupon for a free can. I've had to do this a few times through the years (not with tuna, but other things), and I've always had satisfactory results.
madconsumer on 12/14/2008:
any time I have contacted the manufacturer about things like this, they have always sent me coupons for free product. since these are all machine packed, this would not be all un-common.

very helpful.
Principissa on 12/14/2008:
I know it's more expensive, but try the Starkist tuna in the pouches. There is nothing but tuna, and very little water.
jenjenn on 12/15/2008:
Princi - those pouches do kick azz!
Principissa on 12/15/2008:
Totally worth the extra money you spend on them!
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Van Camp's Chunk Light Tuna In Water
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- I was extremely upset with this product. First, it was unbelievably WATERY. I had to open 2 cans that should have equaled 1 can. Second, I had found SEVERAL BONES. Third, there were FISH SCALES in it!!! What kind of product are they selling here?? Yes, I understand it is a generic brand, but please!!

What I had opened seemed OK for CATS… NOT PEOPLE!

     
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Principissa on 10/22/2007:
I buy the tuna in the packets rather than in the can. There is less liquid and the tuna tastes fresher. It's a little more expensive, but I get more for my money.
Anonymous on 10/22/2007:
It's a sad fact of life that undesirable parts of fish may go undetected during processing. Btw, while "Chicken Of The Sea Tuna" isn't a "high end" brand it is not "generic" either.
Anonymous on 10/22/2007:
My GF says Chicken of the Sea is nothing more than tuna slurry. She too started buying it in packets and only white albacore. I give this review two thumbs up.
Anonymous on 10/22/2007:
Consider the source........
Anonymous on 10/22/2007:
MMMMM.Fish Scales.MMMMM
Anonymous on 10/22/2007:
Did you file a complaint with Charlie the tuna ?
<;O)
CrystalSword on 10/22/2007:
We also buy the packets, they are easier to store and you get more for your money, Starkist is still my favorite and I usually get a good deal on it with coupons I get in the paper.
moneybags on 10/22/2007:
Only buy solid white albacore in water from any brand. Costs a little more, yes, but instead of 1-2 sandwiches, you'll get 3-5, depending on how big they are.
jenjenn on 10/22/2007:
Ha...ha Too Good To Be True...LMFAO...

We but the packets as well. They do seem fresher.
Magickhart1976 on 10/22/2007:
Wow... A lot of responces!
We have to watch our spending so I try to keep things as cheap as I can. The brand I had gotten was VANCAMP'S and is made by Chicken of the Sea... It is sold in Dollar General stores as a cheeper brand that goes only for $0.60 per can. So much for cutting the cost for tuna... Never again! Thanks everyone!
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