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Bumble Bee Foods agrees to $6M settlement in worker oven death

Bumble Bee Foods agreed to pay $6 million to settle criminal charges Wednesday in the death of a worker who was cooked in an oven with tons of tuna. Jose Melena, 62, died three years ago in a 270-degree oven at the seafood company’s Santa Fe Springs, California, plant after a co-worker mistakenly believed he was in the bathroom and filled a pressure cooker with six tons of canned tuna. “This is the worst circumstances of death I have ever, ever witnessed,” said Deputy District Attorney Hoon Chun,,, Read the rest here 16:45

Bumble Bee Foods, 2 others charged after employee died in pressure cooker

On Oct. 11, 2012, Jose Melena, 62, entered a 35-foot oven at the company’s Santa Fe Springs plant to make a repair inside the machine, which is used to sterilize thousands of cans of tuna at a time. Unaware that Melena was inside the oven, other plant workers loaded several carts that altogether held about 12,000 pounds of tuna, shut the door and turned on the oven, prosecutors said. In a statement, the company said it disagrees with and is “disappointed by the charges” filed by Los Angeles prosecutors. Read the rest here  photo 18:53

Thai Union set to acquire Bumble Bee for $1.5bn

Thai Union Frozen Products has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company – Bumble Bee Foods. The $1.51 billion purchase is set to marry two of the most recognized seafood brands in the United States — San Diego-based Bumble Bee and Thai Union-owned Chicken of the Sea. Read the rest here 15:06