A Hepatitis A scare has prompted a massive recall of frozen tuna distributed to restaurants and grocery stores around the country. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning after Hilo Fish Company began recalling tuna sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. in mid-May. Although no illnesses have been discovered, the FDA is recommending that any unvaccinated person who consumed possibly contaminated tuna in the past two weeks seek medical attention.
The outbreak was discovered and reported by the Hawaii Department of Health on May 1 after random testing of a shipment of tuna headed to the mainland revealed contamination from Hepatitis A. The FDA is currently collecting samples to determine how widespread the outbreak was.
Here is the list of affected products:
— Frozen Yellowfin tuna steaks from Sustainable Seafood Company.
— Yellowfin tuna cubes from Santa Cruz Seafood.
— Eight-ounce Tuna Steaks from Hilo Fish Company with an expiration date of Oct. 1, 2018.
— 15-pound Frozen Yellowfin tuna cubes with an expiration date of April 4, 2019.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can be spread from one infected person to an unvaccinated individual via close or sexual contact and may also be spread by contaminated food. Symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, and pale stool.
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