Yellowfin Tuna Recalled Due to Hepatitis A Contamination

updated May 30, 2019
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If you regularly eat raw fish, then it’s time to quickly step back and make sure you’re safe. A popular tuna retailer has issued a recall, as its product may contain the Hepatitis A virus. Those who have not been vaccinated are at risk.

Hilo Fish Company Inc. rolled out the recall two weeks ago — the company made it public on Friday — for its frozen yellowfin tuna product, says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products impacted are eight-ounce tuna steaks with an expiration date of October 1, 2018, and 15-pound frozen tuna cubes dated to expire on April 1, 2019.

The tuna was sent out to grocery stores and restaurants in four states: California, Oklahoma, and Texas. While the product was shipped to New York as well, the New York State Health Department has confirmed that the contaminated product was not sold to the public. The Hawaii-based importer also supplied Sysco, a food distributor that supplies restaurants, hotels, and other facilities.

A Hepatitis A contamination is feared, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are no confirmed cases linked to the yellowfin tuna. The company sourced the tuna from suppliers in Vietnam and the Philippines.

Hepatitis A can leave you sick for a while — symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, joint pain and clay-colored stool — so the FDA recommends those who consumed yellowfin tuna and have not been vaccinated to consult their physician. Symptoms can appear anywhere from two to six weeks after exposure.

“If you are unsure if you have been vaccinated against hepatitis A virus, contact your health professional to check your immunization records. If you have been vaccinated, no further action is needed. If you are unable to determine whether you have already been vaccinated, receiving an additional dose of vaccine is not harmful,” reads the FDA notice.