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WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GIVES CANNED TUNA HEALTH ADVISORY UPDATE

 OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- After further investigation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state health officials said today they are amending the health advisory issued Feb. 11 regarding cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna and are urging only customers of Costco (NASDAQ-NMS: COST) and stores or restaurants supplied by Costco to return their six and 1/8 ounce size cans of tuna.
 Full refund or replacement of the tuna will be available for all customers at Costco.
 Consumers who purchased Chicken of the Sea tuna from other stores should inspect the cans carefully for damage before opening them. If the can is leaking or if the lid or seal may be questionable, do not eat the tuna.
 If upon opening the can, there is a spoiled odor, or if it does not appear fresh, do not taste it.
 Problems with tuna cans should be reported to the Seattle regional office of the FDA at 206-486-8788.
 Store managers may return Chicken of the Sea tuna to shelves only after inspecting each can for damage. Any damaged cans should be separated and not re-sold. Van Camp Seafood, the producer of Chicken of the Sea tuna, will provide credit to stores with damaged cans.
 Because cans may be damaged during their manufacture, transportation, or placement in stores, it is important to inspect all canned food products before they are purchased and before opening them at home.
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 /CONTACT: Dean R. Owen of Washington State Department of Health, 206-753-3934/
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