Author: Christine Blank
Two United States government agencies are warning consumers about hepatitis A found in certain frozen tuna products.
The Hawaii Department of Health notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on 1 May that a frozen ahi tuna cube sample from PT Deho Canning Co., imported by Hilo Fish Company in Hilo, Hawaii, tested positive for Hepatitis A.
Then, in mid-May, Hilo Fish began recalling additional frozen tuna steaks and frozen yellowfin tuna cubes from the Sustainable Seafood Company in Vietnam and Santa Cruz Seafood, Inc. in the Philippines, over concerns about Hepatitis A.
“The initially recalled product has been removed from circulation and the newly recalled frozen tuna lots were not shipped to Hawaii, but were shipped to the mainland U.S.,” the FDA said in a notice.
“While the Centers for Disease Control is not currently aware of any illnesses linked to these products, it is advising post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for unvaccinated persons who may have consumed the potentially-contaminated tuna within the past two-weeks,” the FDA said.
The frozen tuna was shipped to restaurants and retailers in Texas, Oklahoma and California. The restaurants in California that received the possible tainted food include Galaxy Foods Inc. in Rancho Palos Verdes, Doubletree in Claremont, Poke Shack in San Francisco, and Bonito Poke in San Francisco.
FDA said it is working with Hilo and other distributors to ensure they remove the potentially contaminated product from the market.