A Gardena, CA establishment is currently recalling 1,800 cases of frozen ground tuna that have the potential to be contaminated with decomposition and elevated histamine levels. Histamine contained in food products can cause violent and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. To date, at least three illnesses due to elevated histamine levels have been reported, all involving sushi purchased at a single location.
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What’s the problem?
October 12, 2011 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release today informing the public that Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is now recalling up to 1,800 cases of lot # 7013 frozen ground tuna because of decomposition and elevated histamine levels. Decomposed food products promote the formation of histamine, which if consumed can cause the following side effects:
- itchy skin
- tingling or burning sensation in the mouth
- facial swelling
FDA is advising any consumers experiencing these symptoms to seek immediate medical attention. The product in question was shipped to the following distributors between 8/18/11 and 9/8/11:
- AFC Corporation – has sushi franchises at counters in grocery stores nationwide.
- Red Shell Foods – has sushi franchises in grocery markets in the state of California in the following cities: Calabasas, Century City, Dana Point, Encino, Hollywood, Irvine, Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Newport Beach, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pacific Palisades, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Sherman Oaks, Silverlake, Tarzana, West Hollywood, and Westlake Village.
- Pacific Fresh Fish Company – Los Angeles cash-and-carry establishment.
According to the press release, the distributors have removed the frozen ground tuna products from the marketplace and are destroying any remaining product. At this time, Osamu does not believe that the recalled product is available for purchase by consumers.
If you are concerned about whether your sushi is involved in this recall, check with the place of purchase in order to make a conclusive determination. Consumers who have purchased Osamu ground tuna from one of the distributors listed above are urged to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Histamine & Scombroid Poisoning
According to the FDA, decomposition in fish is indicated by elevated histamine levels in the muscle tissue, which forms postmortem by the bacterial action of amino acids. The presence of 50 ppm (5 mg/100g) or more histamine is indicative of decomposition. Histamine is heat-stable and can survive thermal processing – this makes it a useful indicator of decomposition in fish because odors that normally signal decomposition may be modified, reduced, or eliminated by thermal processing.
In addition to being an indicator of decomposition, elevated histamine levels can cause scombroid poisoning, which has been repeatedly traced to the consumption of tuna and mahi-mahi. Tuna and mackerel are most frequently involved in instances of histamine poisoning, but this may be in part because they are consumed more than nearly any other fish worldwide. Signs and symptoms of scombroid poisoning may include:
- breathing problems (in severe cases)
- extremely red skin on face and body
- hives and itching
In addition to tuna, mahi-mahi and mackerel, outbreaks of scombroid poisoning have occurred implicating the following species of fish:
- pink salmon
- black marlin
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