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Tuna Recall 2019: Which States Are Affected?

Because tuna is literally and primarily made from fish, we all know that eating it is a good way to get our daily dose of micronutrients, antioxidants and healthy fats while on the fly since it can be incredibly easy to prepare and can be enjoyed in a number of different ways. It’s also on the cheap side. As such, the tuna industry is one of the biggest arms of the global food industry, and so tuna fish is enjoyed in almost every country in the entire world.

However, eating contaminated tuna much like other types of food can easily lead to food poisoning, which can be very dangerous for some people, especially those with allergies. And so it’s unfortunate that earlier this year, two separate tuna recalls have been announced, raising some major concerns about the safety of fish and frozen products, warning consumers all across several states.

Tuna Recall Update

Since September 2019, at least two recalls have been made. And come October 2019, Mical Seafood Inc. made a voluntary recall of their products, which includes their wild-caught yellowfin tuna loins, tuna saku, tuna ground meat, tuna poke and tuna steaks. Sold under the Mical brand, the affected packages have a production date between April 1, 2019 and May 31, 2019.

Some of the states where the recalled products were sold include Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Michigan, Louisiana, Massachusetts

and Minnesota. They were sold to 23 states in total.

Fishy Findings

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the tuna were recalled due to potentially elevated levels of histamine, which can cause allergic reactions, especially the one known as “scombroid fish poisoning.

As such, the FDA is warning people not to eat yellowfin tuna steaks, especially ones sold by Krogel retail stores in multiple states.
Per reports, scombroid poisoning is usually caused by eating contaminated fish that haven’t been properly stored because the toxic agent in the fish (called histidine) can easily break down to histamine. According to FDA, the most common symptoms of scomboroid poisoning are itchy skin, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, facial and mouth swelling, burning sensation in the mouth and rash or hives.

Thankfully, the symptoms usually resolve within 12-48 hours even without medical care, although checking up with a doctor is still recommended.

tuna Tuna fish is healthy and tasty, but too much of it can be deadly. Photo Courtesy of Pixabay