September 21, 2019

Wild-Caught Yellowfin Tuna Loins Recalled; Scombroid Illnesses Reported

Alfa International Inc. of Medley, Florida, is recalling refrigerated, wild-caught yellowfin tuna loins because of potentially elevated levels of histamine. This amino acid can produce an allergic reaction called scombroid fish poisoning. Five people have been sickened. The company thinks these illnesses were "isolated incidents," but has issued the recall as a precaution. The tuna loins were sold at Baker’s, Dillon’s, Gerbes, JayC Food, Kroger, and Payless stores in these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The recalled tuna loins were labeled as either Yellowfin Tuna Steaks or Seasoned Yellowfin Tuna Steaks. They were sold from either the … [Read more...]

Scombroid Outbreak Associated with Kroger Yellowfin Tuna Steaks

The FDA is advising consumers not to eat yellowfin tuna steaks from some Kroger stores. The states affected by this recall are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. On September 4, 2019, the FDA became aware of multiple scombroid poisoning cases in people who consumed tuna steaks purchased from three separate Kroger stores in Ohio. On September 5, 2019, Kroger agreed to remove all yellowfin tuna steaks from their stores in the above states. They are also notifying consumers who had purchased this product to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. This product may be sold as raw yellowfin tuna steaks at the seafood counter, or seasoned in … [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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