Frequently Asked Questions

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All our products have a “best by” date of five years from the manufacturing date.

We recommend consuming our canned or jarred seafood immediately after opening for the best taste. However, if you do need to save some for later, promptly refrigerate the contents in a separate container and consume within 2 days.

Our jarred products can be refrigerated in the original glass jar.

After the fish is caught, it is delivered to the canning facility where we hand select the best of the catch for production. Our fish is butchered and cooked followed by a thorough cleaning to remove all bones, skin, and other imperfections. The fish is then packed into cans or jars, add ingredients as required, and then sterilize those cans in a process known as retorting, which allows a safe and effective long shelf life in canned and jarred food products.

Yes, although recyclability varies by geographic area, all our packaging is recyclable.

Ocean Naturals works only with pre-qualified, industry leading canners with which we have trusted relationships. Currently, our products are processed and canned at a co-packing facility in Paita, Peru.

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No. All our products are safe, delicious, and ready to eat straight from the can.

For the best experience, we recommend consuming our products by the best by date marked on the can or jar.

None of our products contain soy or soy-based ingredients.

Yes, our products contain fish. Always read all labels fully and carefully.

The level of mercury in tuna tends to bioaccumulate (or increase) with the age and size of the fish. Albacore tuna are most often caught by Longline. This fishing method targets tuna well below the surface, which tend to be larger in size and older. Ocean Naturals Albacore is exclusively caught by Pole & Troll (or Pole & Line) and are caught near the surface and tend to be smaller and younger. Because they are younger and smaller, mercury has less chance to bioaccumulate and thus they tend to be lower in overall mercury level.

More info about Mercury:
The most common concern about consuming seafood is mercury. Doctors, dieticians, and health organizations such as the American Heart Association and the May Clinic agree that, for most individuals, the benefits of eating fish far outweigh any risks. Both the EPA and the FDA advise that for most people, the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern.
Mercury is an element naturally present in the air, water, and soil. While it exists naturally in several forms, human activities such as the burning of coal increase the amount of mercury present in the world’s lakes, rivers, and oceans.

How does mercury get into our food? Tiny organisms ingest mercury when they feed, and it simply works its way up the food chain to larger and larger species. The resulting methylmercury can build up in animals including fish and shellfish depending on what they eat, how long they live, and how high they are in the food chain.

Visit FDA or Seafood Health Facts for additional info.

Our products currently adhere to two third-party certifications: Kosher (OU) and MSC Certified.

We are proud to say that none of our packaging are made from plastic materials.

In addition, our tuna is caught using fishing methods that do not utilize Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs).

What is a FAD? A FAD is a man-made object, commonly comprised of plastic and other non-biodegradable materials that is set adrift in the ocean to attract tuna. Most often, they are abandoned at sea which contributes to plastic pollution in our oceans.

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