Recall: Frozen Tuna Tested Positive For Hepatitis A

Tabitha Britt

The Food and Drug Administration released a statement on June 1 about an ongoing investigation into potentially contaminated frozen tuna distributed by the Hilo Fish Company.

On May 18, the Hilo Fish Company issued a voluntary recall of frozen tuna from Sustainable Seafood Company and Santa Cruz Seafood, Inc.

While there has yet to be a report of illness in conjunction with the tuna, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising those in Oklahoma, Texas, and California who have not been vaccinated for the hepatitis A virus and have consumed raw or undercooked tuna products within the past two weeks to get treated with post-exposure prophylaxis.

The current recall (which began May 18) consists of frozen yellowfin tuna steaks from Sustainable Seafood Company and yellowfin tuna cubes from Santa Cruz Seafood. According to the FDA, this recall includes all eight-ounce Tuna Steaks with the production date code: 627152, lot number: 166623, expiration date: 2018-10-01 and Frozen Yellowfin tuna cubes with the date code: 705342, lot number: 173448, expiration date: 2019-04-01.

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Contaminated fruit (particularly berries), shellfish, and salads are the most frequent foodborne sources of hepatitis A, according to the FDA. Hepatitis A can be transmitted from person to person.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include abdominal pain, fatigue, jaundice, dark urine, abnormal liver tests, and pale stool. Those who have the virus may not show symptoms until 15 to 50 days after consuming a contaminated drink or food item. The CDC reports that while the hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all children, vaccination rates are lower than for other recommended childhood vaccines.

If you're unsure whether or not you've been vaccinated for hepatitis A, contact your health provider to check your immunization records. If you have been vaccinated, then no further action is needed. If you've never been vaccinated, getting a single dose within two weeks of exposure can protect you against illness.

If you think you've become ill from eating tuna, you should contact your healthcare provider.

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