October 21, 2018

FDA Releases List of Facilities that Served Hepatitis A Positive Tuna

The FDA has released a list of facilities that served frozen raw ahi tuna cubes that were recalled for possible hepatitis A contamination. In their investigation report they have added a table that includes the names and addresses of the 31 restaurants and stores that sold the product in California, Texas, and Oklahoma.

raw tuna on plate

This product was recalled twice. The first recall was in Hawaii only. The product is imported raw frozen ahi tuna cubes sourced from PT Deho Canning Co. in Indonesia, sold under Tropic Fish with lot codes 609149 and 609187. The current recall, which was issued on May 18, 2017 [editor’s note: we cannot find this recall on any FDA page], is for¬†frozen yellowfin tuna steaks from Sustainable Seafood Company and yellowfin tuna cubes from Santa Cruz Seafood. This recall by Hilo Fish Company includes Tuna Steaks, 8 oz. individually vacuum packed bags, production date code: 627152, Lot number: 166623; Expiration date: 2018-10-01 and Frozen Yellowfin tuna cubes, random; Individually vacuum packed; 15 lb. case, date code: 705342, Lot number: 173448; Expiration dates: 2019-04-01).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “not currently aware” of any illnesses linked to these products. But they are advising post exposure prophylaxis for anyone who has not been vaccinated against hepatitis A or has not had the illness.

The window for vaccination is only two weeks. After that time, all anyone can do is monitor themselves for the symptoms of hepatitis A. Symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, lethargy, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), dark urine, and clay-colored stool. If you are experiencing these symptoms, see your doctor.

If you ate this product but it was fully cooked, you still are at risk of exposure, albeit lessened. Contact your doctor and ask what she would recommend.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease. People can be ill with this disease for a few weeks to a few months. The virus is very contagious, and can be passed from person to person, as well as though contaminated food and water.

Meanwhile, the FDA is collecting more frozen tuna samples for testing. Inspectors are also increasing screening measures and testing for any seafood imported into the United States for these companies.

Previous hepatitis A outbreaks have been linked to products ranging from contaminated shellfish, fruit, and salads. Vaccinating against the illness is the best way to protect yourself and your family.

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