TUNA steaks are being recalled across US over fears of “odd” food poisoning.
People are warned not to eat either Yellowfin Tuna Steaks or Seasoned Yellowfin Tuna Steaks from Alfa International Seafood.
The Florida-based seafood manufacturer voluntarily withdrew its products across 16 states, according to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
It comes after a number of people reported developing symptoms of scombroid fish poisoning – which resembles an allergic reaction.
Symptoms include a tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, rash, hives and itchy skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea.
They generally appear within minutes to several hours after eating the affected fish.
This type of food poisoning happens when people eat fish that’s contaminated with high levels of histamine – the same chemical released by the body during an allergic reaction.
The contamination is caused when certain types of fish aren’t properly refrigerated and bacteria break down its flesh, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
So far, five people have reported getting sick after eating the tuna products.
A statement from the FDA said: “While the company feels these were isolated incidents, it has initiated this voluntary recall to take to take every precautionary measure when it comes to customers’ health and safety.”
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The tuna loins were sold at Baker’s, Dillon’s, Gerbes, JayC Food, Kroger and Payless stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
They were labelled as either Yellowfin Tuna Steaks or Seasoned Yellowfin Tuna Steaks and were sold from either the service counter or tray-packed in a display case.
The steaks were sold between August 20, 2019 and September 7, 2019 and had sell by dates between August 29, 2019 and September 14, 2019.
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