Yellowfin tuna recalled in potential Hepatitis A scare

SILVER SPRING, MD — Two seafood companies have issued a recall of yellowfin tuna due to potential to Hepatitis A, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement issued on June 8.

Both the FDA and Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced they are working with various state and local officials to assess the risks of Hepatitis A exposure from frozen yellowfin tuna.

Frozen yellowfin tuna distributed in California, Oklahoma and Texas could be contaminated with Hepatitis A, according to the FDA.

The potentially contaminated tuna were sourced from Sustainable Seafood Co. of Vietnam and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. of The Philippines.

“The FDA is collecting additional frozen tuna samples and increasing its screening measures and testing for imported seafood for these companies,” the federal agency’s announcement stated.

Hilo Fish Co., a seafood distributor, officially announced a voluntary recall of yellowfin tuna on May 18 after they were tested positive for the Hepatitis A virus.

“Prior to FDA’s announcement, Hilo Fish Company alerted its customers and distribution partners directly to let them know about the company’s voluntary recall of certain tuna products,” the federal agency said in an updated statement. “The FDA received records from the company or its distribution partners indicating that they sold frozen tuna to the establishments listed on the FDA’s website. The FDA is working with Hilo and other distributors to ensure that the companies remove product from the market.”

At least eight restaurants and establishments were identified in the FDA as where the infected tuna could be served or bought.

“The [FDA] has prepared a list of restaurants and other retail locations that received the recalled frozen tuna. The agency will continue to update this list as its investigation continues. To protect the health of consumers who may have eaten contaminated tuna and require post-exposure prophylaxis, the FDA has determined that it is necessary to make public the names of these businesses as part of the recall,” the June 8 announcement stated.

The following restaurants and establishments serve or distribute yellowtail tuna affected by the recall:

  • Almanson Court, 701 S. Almansor Street, Alhambra
  • Arroyo Trabuca, 26772 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo
  • Blue HI Café, 2 Embarcadero, San Francisco
  • Bonito Poke, 2277 Shafter Avenue, San Francisco
  • Camp Four Wine Café, 1508 10th Street, Modesto
  • Doubletree, 555 West Foothill, Claremont
  • Fuzio’s, 1020 10th Street, Modesto
  • Galaxy Foods, 31225 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes
  • High Sierra Grill House, 2003 West Bullard, Fresno
  • Hotel Irvine, 17009 Jamboree Road, Irvine
  • Jus Poke, 501 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach
  • Noelani, 1037 Laurel Street, San Carlos
  • Ola Mexican Kitchen, Huntington Beach
  • Poke Shack, 2001 Lawton Street, San Francisco
  • Shamrock Foods, 12400 Riverside Drive, Eastvale

More venues could be added to the list as the FDA investigation continues.

“This list includes firms that have received the recalled tuna product. Consumers may wish to ask a firm directly if they had made the recalled product available for sale,” the FDA stated in its announcement.

No illnesses related to this recall have been reported to date, according to the CDC.

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