July 7, 2020

Tuna King Medallions Recall For Elevated Histamine Levels Expanded

Northern Fisheries of Little Compton, Rhode Island is expanding their recall of frozen, wild-caught yellowfin Tuna King Medallions for elevated histamine levels to include products that were sold directly to consumers. Apparently there was an earlier recall of these products that were sold to institutions or restaurants, but we could not locate it on the FDA recall page. Elevated histamine levels in seafood can produce an allergic reaction called scombroid fish poisoning. Symptoms of this reaction can include tingling or burning sensations in the mouth, facial swelling, nausea, rash, hives, itchy skin, vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms usually begin a few minutes to a few hours after eating fish that contains too much histamine. Most people recover without medical treatment, but … [Read more...]

Two Seafood Products Recalled in Canada for Histamine

Two seafood products are being recalled in Canada for histamines, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Histamines in fish can cause a form of food poisoning called scombroid poisoning, which is sometimes confused with an allergic reaction to fish. There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of blue marlin loins and the blue marlin used to make the recalled skewers, as identified below. The recalls were triggered by consumer complaints. Inadequate refrigeration or spoiled fish increase the levels of bacteria in the product that converts histidine to high levels of histamine. Symptoms of scombroid poisoning include wheezing, headache, nausea, burning sensation in the mouth, flushing of the face and body, abdominal cramps, fainting, blurred vision, … [Read more...]

Fish Lands Top Spots in CDC Food Poisoning Study

Fish and marine toxins are the food/pathogen combination responsible for the most food poisoning outbreaks, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fish contaminated with scombroid toxin and ciguatera took the top two spots on the study's list of the most pathogen /commodity pairings that caused the most outbreaks, beating out Salmonella on poultry, norovirus on leafy greens. Although the fish/marine toxin combo took the top two spots on the pathogen /commodity pairings that caused the most outbreaks, they didn't rank at all in terms of the pairing that caused the most illnesses (norovirus and leafy vegetables), hospitalizations (Salmonella and fruits/nuts) or deaths (Listeria and poultry.) So what are these marine toxins and what happens to you … [Read more...]

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