The FDA Issued Yellowfin Tuna Recall Due to Hepatitis A Contamination

Drop the chopsticks because you may want to steer clear of yellowfin tuna for awhile. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall on yellowfin tuna due to a Hepatitis A contamination scare. The contaminated tuna 8-ounce steaks from Hawaii-based distributor Hilo Fish Company tested positive for hepatitis A earlier in May. Hilo Fish Company’s yellowfin is sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company located in Vietnam and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. located in the Philippines.

The contamination was discovered after the local officials in the Hawaii Department of Health notified the FDA about tuna samples coming back positive for the virus on May 1st. The product was then removed from the Hawaii market, but unfortunately the potentially contaminated tuna was still shipped to the mainland through distribution partners. The recall from Hilo Fish Company did not go into effect until May 18th.

The product in recall includes frozen yellowfin tuna steaks 8 ounces in weight with a “production date code: 627152, Lot number: 166623; Expiration date: 2018-10-01” and tuna cubes “date code: 705342, Lot number: 173448; Expiration dates: 2019-04-01.”

As of June 5th, there have been no illnesses reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, locations across California, Oklahoma, and Texas received the tuna products.

The Texas locations where the certain tuna products were distributed are as follows.

  • Central Market Kitchen N in Austin

  • Conservatory Plano, Plano

  • Hilton Garden Inn, Spring

  • Jack Ryan’s, Tylor

  • Jack Ryan’s, Kilgore

  • Johnny Tamale, Pasadena

  • Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, San Antonio

  • Prestonwood CC, Dallas

  • Sea Ranch, S. Padre Island

  • Sysco East Texas, Longview

  • Sysco Foods Central Texas, New Braunfels

  • Sysco Food Houston, Houston

  • The Schooner, Nederland

If you have consumed yellowfin tuna from the states of Texas, California, or Oklahoma recently, check out the full FDA’s list of retail locations that could have been carrying the product to see if you have potentially been infected.

What Is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease disease that can be caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. The contagious disease can also be passed from person to person through skin-to-skin contact or through sexual partners. Those that have not been vaccinated are at higher risk for contracting the virus.

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According to the FDA, symptoms include “fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, and pale stool.” These symptoms can appear as mild symptoms as early as 15 days or as late as 50, so if you believe you may have eaten the contaminated fish it is best to contact your health services immediately.

For unvaccinated people who have eaten the infected yellowfin tuna raw or undercooked tuna that are at risk of possible exposure, the CDC recommends post exposure prophylaxis – Hepatitis A vaccine. Those who have eaten the fish cooked are at a lesser risk, but should still take caution.

In order to reduce the risk of Hepatitis A virus, vaccinations along with safe food handling practices should be set in place when dealing with the potentially contaminated products.

If you believe you have been infected, contact your health professional to seek medical attention. For more questions or concerns regarding this recall or food safety, contact the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.