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Tuna “steak” sold in 16 states recalled

Tuna steak, ever heard of it? Well it is apparently a very real thing, and a lot of it is being recalled. On September 6, 2019, Alfa International Seafood, Inc. voluntarily recalled their “refrigerated, wild-caught yellowfin tuna loins” due to “potentially elevated levels of histamine.” The tuna loins were sold at half a dozen retailers in 16 states.

Elevated levels of histamine can lead to what’s known as histamine, sometimes referred to as scombroid fish poisoning. Symptoms of histamine include: tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, rash, hives and itchy skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. So far, there have been 5 confirmed illnesses related to this recall. 

The recalled products were labeled as Yellowfin Tuna Steaks and Seasoned Yellowfin Tuna Steaks. They were sold at service counters or in display cases. Stores selling the recalled tuna include: Baker’s, Dillon’s, Gerbes, JayC Food, Kroger and Payless. The states in which the recalled tuna was sold are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

While these symptoms typically resolve themselves without the need of a medical doctor, they can sometimes persist. If you believe you’ve consumed the recalled fish and your symptoms are not subsiding, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration recommends that you seek medical treatment. Customers that purchased the recalled tuna between August 20, 2019 and September 7, 2019, should refrain from eating it and return it to the store of purchase for a refund. Customer can also reach Alfa International Seafood, Inc. by phone at 1-855-551-0118.

To read the full recall report from the FDA, click here: