FDA Issues Tuna Recall Over Possible Poisoning

(IntegrityPress.org) – The US Food and Drug Administration has warned that a company’s fish product containing yellowfin tuna could result in food poisoning.

Fresh Catch Inc has voluntarily recalled the cases of yellowfin tuna after the FDA found that the product contained high levels of histamine that can cause scombroid food poisoning. The agency designated the product as Class II, which means the contents could cause medically reversible or temporary health issues.

Symptoms of scombroid food poisoning, which can take an hour to appear after the food’s consumption, and may include swelling in the face, a rash, hives, diarrhea and vomiting. The symptoms usually recede without medical treatment after several hours. The recall of the yellowfin tuna product was issued on June 26.

No information has been released yet on whether anyone has fallen ill as a result of eating the affected product, which is a packed loin of fresh catch tuna. People who have already purchased the affected fish are being advised not to eat it, and to either throw it away or return it for a refund.

High levels of histamine in tuna result from the fish being inadequately stored and refrigerated. Specific types of fish are particularly susceptible to scombroid food poisoning, such as anchovy, herring, mackerel, marlin and tuna. The FDA has clarified that the recall is still ongoing despite the fish being past its best by date.

Affected fish can trigger an allergic reaction in individuals with unusually low amounts of the diamine oxidase enzyme, which results in higher sensitivity to histamine toxicity. The toxin originates in histidine, an amino acid that naturally occurs in fish. If the fish is improperly stored, the histidine is broken down by bacteria and converted to histamine, which increases the risk of food poisoning.

The condition is seldom long-term or serious, but severe cases can result in breathing difficulties and chest pains. People experiencing such symptoms are advised to seek emergency medical treatment. Antihistamine medication can ease symptoms in what are usually less serious cases.

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