Starkist Tuna

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Solid White Tuna More Like Chum!
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Sunkist solid white tuna is no longer white. It is mixed with nasty trash parts of the fish I have opened many cans recently and some smell foul the tuna looks like a can of cat food!! I have purchased this company solid white tuna for over 20 years and I'm so disgusted by what I have recently found in the cans and it wasn't just one can it was multiple cans from different times of purchase. I love eating tuna. But I'm switching companies.

And after the health inspection reviews and lack of recalls canning In unhealthy conditions. Bad company bad company!! No more tuna from you guys!!
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Venice09 on 01/20/2012:
I, too, have been using StarKist solid white tuna for many years and so far haven't noticed a difference in the quality. I always found it to be better than the other brands. However, it wouldn't surprise me if that changed. Companies are cutting corners every way they can. I had hoped that the downsizing of the can would be enough, but I guess not. I wish they wouldn't mess with the quality.
clutzycook on 01/20/2012:
I've heard that the stuff in the packages is better. Personally, I have no palate, so "cat food" tuna doesn't bother me much. :)
Anonymous on 01/21/2012:
The issue with Tuna is supply and demand. In order to meet the worlds demand for Tuna and still keep the price reasonable processors have had to include a lot more water, oil or undesirable pieces.
The very best Tuna never sees American shores - when is the last time you saw Bluefin at the grocery store? Going forward we have to take what others won't if you want 'reasonably' priced Tuna.
Nohandle on 01/21/2012:
I've always liked the Starkist brand, Chicken of the Sea and the Bumblebee brand, although it's not as well known. I guess because they never had Charlie as their spokesperson. There's a difference in all of them now vs few years back. Honestly I don't think you will know what you get until the can is opened. This goes for the pouches as well. I've been disappointed in a few of them. They were not what I expected even though more than twice the price.
sabletaz on 01/21/2012:
Yes,I too was a Starkist fan for years, actually that's what I ate while I was growing up. Now I switched a few times from Bumblebee to Chicken of the Sea. I now buy 3 Diamonds because it has more white meat and it is the least expensive.
Venice09 on 01/21/2012:
I had a pouch of StarKist for the first time yesterday. It was good but expensive. I got this one for free, but I don't like tuna enough to buy the pouch on a regular basis. Too expensive.

Sabletaz, I've never had 3 Diamonds but I'm going to try it.
sabletaz on 01/21/2012:
Venice09....sorry it's called Ace of Diamonds.
Venice09 on 01/21/2012:
Oh, I've never seen that brand, but I'll be sure to look for it. Thanks!
Dave on 02/21/2012:
I too have been buying Starkist solid for 30 years and lately from Sam's Club the 8 pack of Starkist Solid in water has been looking like cat food. Tuna is grey in color with a thick grey syrup. Starkist has refunded my money each time but after 24 some cans of cat food I am about ready to give up. If you call in they are more than happy to give you a refund. Keep your can with the packing info when calling in. So sad.
Dave on 02/23/2012:
Followup, a Starkist customer representative said that their mfg process used too high of a concentration broth additive in the Spring water. This caused the water to turn into a grey thick syrup. Tuna turns mushy, grey in appearance and takes on a bad flavor but safe to eat... he thinks. He agreed with me that the cans should have been pulled but their marketing experts said problem was corrected and just push out the remaining cans to the public. Mfg date which is the first numbers on the can was Dec - Feb or 1201xxxx through 201. If you call their 800 number I was paid 1.75 per can. Gota love those marketing guys.
Donna on 09/18/2012:
That's the only tuna I've ever bought. Now, however, I've bought my last can. It's mushy, soggy, and has no chunks. It's slimy and inedible! Now what????
Peg on 10/03/2012:
I wish I had seen this sooner,yuck! I opened the can and tried to drain it, cloudy ooze. Let's not even talk about the smell. Too bad.
Bill on 10/22/2012:
Same issue within past 3 months. Solid white with many discolored pieces and a very strong smell of fish that was never in this product.
Larry on 03/29/2014:
I just opened a can of Starkist albacore tuna...While mixing in a bit of mayo for a tuna sandwich I found a ROCK!! Possibly eaten by the tuna...or placed in the can by a disgruntled employee. I have the lot number off the can and plan on writing a letter to them. Luckily I didn't bite into the sandwich. Not happy at all. I plan on switching brands.
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Biting into scales
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Just read the other reviews and was trying to see if anyone else had experienced this problem. I usually buy another brand but bought this due to being on sale.
I bit into what I thought was egg shell and spit it out.
Once again, I bit into it and realized it looked like fish scales.
As I went through with my fingers to check, there were fish scales throughout.
Very upsetting, and hope it is not like that with many more.
Just wanted people to check closely so that especially no children have this experience.
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Venice09 on 12/03/2010:
Thanks for posting this. I usually take a quick look at canned tuna before eating it, but for bones not fish scales!

I prefer StarKist of all the major brands and have found the solid white to consistently have the best quality. That's not to say I haven't come across a bad can every once in a while, but considering how long I've been buying StarKist and how many cans I've opened, it's a very small percentage.

You should call or write to the company. I'm sure they would want to know about this.
madconsumer on 12/03/2010:
being a natural product, this seems to be expected. although finding no scales would be my preference.

very helpful.
Venice09 on 12/03/2010:
I don't think canned tuna is exactly natural because it's so processed. Sure, there are probably some scales in there, but they shouldn't feel like egg shells when bitten into. That shouldn't be expected.
BofAmerica666 on 12/03/2010:
Finding anything crunchy like that wouldn't suit me either. Especially from a natural product.

Thanks for the heads-up.
werelucky on 12/03/2010:
I'm more afraid of what I can't see in canned tuna.
Starlord on 12/04/2010:
Why is the thought when encountering a crunch while eatiung canned tuna, "Gee, that must be an egg shell?" Have you ever seen egg shells in canned tuna before? Is egg listed on the label? No, it's not. As already pointed out, tuna is a natural product, and occasionally something will fall through the cracks in processing, but it is an intrinsic part of the product. There should be an 800 number on the can or a URL for a website. Use one or the other to let them know there is a problem. They can't fix it if they don't know it's broke.
bitten once on 12/04/2010:
Excuse me. what were you eating as tuna doesn't have scales,must have been a mystery fish.
grossed out by Starkist on 04/15/2012:
I bought an 8 pack of Starkist from Sams and threw them all away because the first 4 were FULL of scales and said I would never buy it again. Tonight I had 2 of the large cans that were already in my pantry so I thought maybe that was a fluke. I opened them and though it may not have as many as the other time I just came across another scaled. Tha tis disgusting. Was looking to leave a comment on their website when I saw this posted. NEVER will I EVER purchase another can of Starkist. Apparently they just grind it up scales and all. DISGUSTING!
Jodi on 05/15/2012:
I opened a can yesterday and found bones, scales and fins there is a serious problem with the canned product however the pouches are good never had a problem,
mary on 02/18/2013:
Just opened a can for my daughter and I and I found what appear to be several scales! I've never had the problem before. I don't know, it was nasty. I'm definitely put off my lunch.
=X on 03/21/2013:
Just noticed something shiny in my Starkist tuna, fished it out and found it was a full on scale. Certainly gross, had to stop eating and throw out the other cans. Usually don't buy tuna, probably won't again
mrsterric on 04/12/2013:
My husband just opened three large cans of Starkist solid white albacore tuna to make dinner, he is pulling a multitude scales out of it now... this is disgusting!
ctrejo0198 on 04/27/2013:
I was eating a tuna salad sandwich right now, made with Starkist tuna, and after I finished eating it I felt something in my mouth so I took it out with my finger and it looked like a scale. I googled to see if anyone else had experienced this and found this page. I feel nauseous now :/
Not eating tuna anymore..
JLong on 06/02/2013:
Omg, making a large can of Starkist albacore packed in water and found several scales!!! Told a friend about this and she recommended Googling to see if its happened before and now I'm def writing to the company...this is so gross!!!
The person above who commented that Tuna doesn't have scales
Amanda098 on 06/03/2013:
Found a scale yesterday when making tuna for lunch. So gross...I plan on writing them and avoiding tuna for a long while.
tonya on 08/14/2013:
found four scales in a can of starkist today. I also cut the roof of my mouth on one a few weeks ago.
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StarKist Still Says "Sorry, Charlie"
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I've been reading complaints about the inferior quality of solid white canned tuna fish, and lately I've been noticing the same thing. So last night when I opened four cans of StarKist solid white tuna in water, I was a little worried about what would be inside. I was pleasantly surprised to see that all four cans actually contained solid white, non-mushy tuna, and no bones! Also, it didn't have an overly fishy smell and tasted great.

I was a little disappointed that the cans have been reduced from six ounces to five ounces, but the quality of the tuna more than made up for the difference.

I've been using StarKist for years because of all the major brands it was the one with the most consistent quality, and also the only one with no bones. I realize the bones are harmless, but if given a choice, I'd rather have my tuna bone free.

After all these years, it's nice to know that StarKist is still rejecting Charlie, the tuna with good taste, for the tuna that tastes good! Sorry, Charlie.
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Anonymous on 02/27/2010:
What if Charlie had good taste AND tasted good? They never really gave him a chance.
DebtorBasher on 02/27/2010:
Charlie says "Love my GOOD & PLENTY!"
Charlie says "Really rings my bell!"
Charlie says "Love my GOOD & PLENTY!"
Don't know any other candy that I love so well!

Opps...wrong Charlie!
Sorry Charlie!
Venice09 on 02/27/2010:
Oh, thanks.. try getting THAT song out of your head! As it is, I've been singing the Chicken of the Sea jingle all night.

Yeah, poor Charlie got a bum rap. But he's still lovable.
PepperElf on 02/28/2010:
don't worry, I still have the "give me back my fillet-o-fish" song in my head... so it could be worse
jktshff1 on 02/28/2010:
good post lost09
Alain on 02/28/2010:
Being as its the 'fish on Friday' time of year this is a very helpful post, Lost09.
tnchuck100 on 02/28/2010:
Now, TNS, it can't be both ways. If Charlie did taste good he would no longer exist to have good taste.
Anonymous on 02/28/2010:
chuck, are you sure about that?
tnchuck100 on 02/28/2010:
TNS, well, not 100%. But maybe we take a small slice and let him live?
Anonymous on 02/28/2010:
Hmmm, you're probably right chuck. If he has to wear a bandage, he probably won't appear very upper crust.
Anonymous on 02/28/2010:
Just a little Sunday morning humor here:
We know that Tuna travel in schools.
Do you know what type of fish travel in churches?
That's right, Holy Mackerel!
Skye on 02/28/2010:
TNS :)
Venice09 on 02/28/2010:
Thanks for all the fun comments everyone. I actually did write this because of Lent, which is also why I was making the tuna on Friday. It's the only religious thing I do. It's more of a nostalgic feeling than anything else.

Pepper, I can't believe that commercial is back!.. just when I got that song out of my head from last year. There's nothing like a catchy jingle to drive a person crazy!

PepperElf on 02/28/2010:
they prolly had it for lent
I don't eat MDs tho.

I did have the roy roger's version when I was on the highway last week Friday. it was kind of gross tho. couldn't even finish it.
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Pieces Of Bone In Tuna
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I have always preferred Starkist over other brands of tuna but lately on several occasions I have had large pieces of bone in the canned tuna (albacore) that I have bought. Looks like the quality of Starkist is going down.
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DebtorBasher on 11/23/2008:
Finding bone in fish products is not unusual...and not much anyone can do about it. When I use tuna, I go through it with a fork and inspect it for any bones. I do the same with Salmon.
hubbard53 on 11/24/2008:
I love canned tuna :) and am a stickler for quality. I haven't purchased Starkist for ages b/c its always wee tiny pieces of tuna. Its like its full of the bits blown off the bones and no real 'chunks'. Its so tiny that it squirts through the holes in the tuna strainer. I buy the Kroger brand tuna...its much better qualaity
Starlord on 11/25/2008:
the bones usually found in tuna are not dangerous, as they have been cooked and fall apart easily when bitten. You should always watch for bones in fish, as it is impossible to get all the bones. The only fish this does not apply to is shark, as shark have no bones. Their skeletons are pure cartiledge, and can be removed in one gentle pull after cuttong top and bottom. This leaves two half-shark pieces that are to die for when grilled over charcoal. Yummy. If you eat at a fancy restaurant that has swordfish on the menu, 9 times out of 10, it's shark.
maxine schwartz on 06/02/2012:
white albacore packed in water should be whole or solid. the 2 large cans I purchased were mush.
Marmo on 08/22/2013:
I too experienced bone in my Starkist Albacore Tuna. I'm not talking about little pieces or bone that breaks apart easily. I had a two inch bone in my sandwich that prevented me from biting all the way down. This is the first time I have ever experience bone in my tuna. Definitely dangerous as it could have gone down my throat and choked me or worse. Scary.
Marmo on 08/22/2013:
My tuna too, was mush, instead of the nice whole or chunk albacore white tuna I'm used to.
Chris M on 08/26/2013:
I buy Starkist in the pouches. It's supposed to be packed in water, but the last pouch I opened looked like it was packed in oil. I called the company and was told it was just an 'oily fish'. The small chunks in the light tuna don't bother me - I make salad, but this was just ugly. They are sending me a coupon. Is there a better brand?
toyag on 11/05/2013:
The last Starkist Tuna I got at Sam's had bones in it. I'm sorry to say this but I'm turned off of tuna now. I didn't realize that there are bones in tuna. I don't think I will eat tuna again. I will donate the last 6 cans to our food pantry
Suzanne on 02/15/2014:
I found a bone in my Starkist tuna, and almost choked on it. It was about an inch when I spit my food out and I had bitten on a part of it and it splintered off. I did not cut my mouth, but the remaining part that was left was HARD, not able to break easily. It was an inch long and rather thick. I contacted the company, who eventually sent me 3 coupons for 3 free cans of tuna. REALLY?? I also received a rather "cold" phone conversation and not much of an apology. I'm done with his company who says this is NOT common. seems to be and I can find several mentions of bones with this company. Customer service...not STAR quality. Sorry!
Cheryl on 02/24/2014:
Found bones in 3 of 4 can pack I just purchase. 1 x 1/4 size in each can, my mother almost choked as did I just today. I once thought starkist was the best on the market. DO NOT PURCHASE quality has gone down and price went up. Switch to another brand. Company doesn't care all they want to do is send a coupon for free can, why would I buy another bone!!
Tina Sippola on 03/07/2014:
I just had a really really bad experience with your canned Chunk Albacore tuna in water. The bones were so huge and there were shards 1" long. Grossed me out so much I could not even make my dinner.I have more to say..believe me. I am handicapped and depend on this sourse of protein daily. So from now on I will buy another brand. I also have the number on the side of the can which is as follows...L006710.3. Do something about this or I will go to a higher sourse.
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I totally agree. I have never had any issues with tuna before but this time. UGH...I found a 1" by 1/4" bone in my tuna. I don't think Charlie would be too happy. I know I am not.
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Anonymous on 06/08/2010:
It makes future meals so tough to enjoy. It's as though you subconsciously keep that memory of the bone implanted in your head. I've had that happen with honey bbq sandwiches from KFC. I still eat them, but I'll always have that one lasting memory. I feel ya'...
goduke on 06/08/2010:
Maybe they realized that they needed to include toothpicks in the product for ease of use by customers, and decided to be eco-friendly and use a recycled product.
Anonymous on 06/08/2010:
I have eaten Starkist Tuna for years and never had this problem BUT were are talking fish that once had bones here.
Starlord on 06/09/2010:
Fish have bones. This is a fact of nature, and no matter how hard they try, there is no way to guarantee bone-free fish at a cost the customer will accept. The general rule is that if the offending object is a natural component of the food, like pits in cherries, bones in various meats, especially fish, it is just the luck of the draw. You might eat the food every day for thirty years without a problem, then your number comes up in the cosmic lottery, and you get a bone. Metal parts or other things that are not a natural component is a different story. I once almost broke a tooth on a piece of bone in a BBQ Pig sandwich. The manager was under no obligation to do anything legally, but he went the extra mile and comped everything I ate that day but my coffee. Every time I get to Phoenix, I still love eating there. The food is delicious and you got to love the atmosphere of waitresses wearing fast draw rigs and having sawdust on the floor. Make no bones about it, you are lucky that it wasn't a machine screw.
Sheriffs Uncle on 06/09/2010:
They came out with boneless chickens, so how long before they come out with boneless fish?
Hmmm, speaking of fishy, Starlord sounds a lot like Starkist. I'm just sayin'...
Starlord on 06/09/2010:
I simply passed on what I have gleaned from many years of television Small Claims courts and the rulings of the judges in cases where people claimed harm from offending objects in food. It is sad, but there is no way yet to completely de-bone fish. As with many foods, it is just a fact of life. Our daughter refuses to use ketchup because someone once told her that the FDA has an allowable level of insect parts in ketchup. It doesn't matter that such levels are given for all food products, she has fixated on the ketchup. No harm, no foul.
PepperElf on 06/09/2010:
star - you know by that reasoning your daughter can't eat anything that's been processed then.
cos there's FDA rules like that for pretty much everything, ketchup, peanut butter etc... >:-)
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