An Oahu seafood distributor has recently recalled 11,000 pounds (almost 5,000 kg) of Tuna fish, after the FDA found it to be tainted with Salmonella and hepatitis A.
The Yellowfin Tuna, also marketed as “Ahi,” was delivered from a seafood distributor in Indonesia between April 27th and May 1st, according to sources. It is unclear whether or not other wholesalers received the same tainted fish, although the FDA is doing an investigation.
The FDA reports that the initial recall was due to the fish testing positive for hepatitis A:
“The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has been notified of imported frozen raw tuna or ahi cubes distributed by Tropic Fish Hawaii, LLC on Oahu that tested positive for hepatitis A. The product, imported from Indonesia, was used to prepare poke sold between April 27 – May 1 by food establishments on Oahu.”
“The imported frozen fish was used to prepare poke sold at Times Supermarket and Shima’s locations in Aiea, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kunia, Liliha, Mililani, Waipahu, and Waimanalo.”
“The product was also used to prepare food served or sold by GP Hawaiian Food Catering, the Crab Shack Kapolei (also known as Maile Sunset Bar & Grill in Kapolei), Aloha Sushi at 3131 N. Nimitz, and the ABC store at 205 Lewers St. Customers who purchased and consumed the product and are not vaccinated for hepatitis A are advised to consult with their doctor about vaccination.”
Just recently, however, Hawaii News Now, a popular news agency with ties to CBS and NBC affiliates, reported that the very same tuna may ALSO be infected with Salmonella.
“HONOLULU (KHNL) — An Oahu seafood distributor has recalled 11,000 pounds of ahi after learning from the Food and Drug Administration, one parcel of its Yellowfin tuna tested positive for Salmonella.”
“Choyce Products immediately issued a voluntary recall on that shipment and confirmed none of its customers have any tainted ahi in their inventory.”
” ‘We unknowingly received a tainted parcel,’ said Edmund Choy, owner of Choyce Products. ‘The parcel managed to slip through the country’s rigorous seafood inspections conducted at the borders and continued down the food distribution chain.’ ”
“The tainted fish was delivered from a seafood distributor in Indonesia.”
“The FDA is investigating whether other wholesalers received tainted Ahi.”
According to the FDA, most of the potentially contaminated seafood was shipped to locations in Texas, California, and Oklahoma, although this isn’t 100% certain yet, as the investigation is ongoing.
If you consumed any Tuna from the following locations, it is highly urged that you contact your doctor immediately. According to the FDA, you should take the following steps to ensure your own safety:
- Contact your healthcare provider about receiving a hepatitis A vaccine
- Monitor your health for the next 50 days, checking for any symptoms of hepatitis A
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently
- Stay at home and contact your doctor immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A develop
Symptoms of hepatitis A infections usually appear 2-6 weeks after infection, and include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach pain, diarrhea, and yellow eyes.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, headache, and diarrhea. They typically show up 1-2 days after exposure, and can last up to 10 days, although it may take several months for your body to normalize.