FDA, CDC: Hepatitis A Linked to Contaminated Fish

They were distributed to businesses in California, Texas and Oklahoma.

Some imported frozen tuna cubes and steaks are being recalled after testing showed they could be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. If you bought an 8-ounce bag of the Sustainable Seafood Company yellowfin tuna steaks expiring on 10-01-2018, the production date code of the contaminated bags is 627152 and the lot number is 166623. The samples tested positive for the hepatitis A virus.

On May 16, Hilo Fish Company notified the FDA that it had submitted samples of shipments held in its cold storage facility in Hawaii to a private laboratory for testing.

While the affected tuna was stored here, none was sold locally.

Image courtesy of KRON
Image courtesy of KRON

Because of these cases, the FDA and CDC are now working together to investigate and assess the possible risks of the Hepatitis A contamination. Though the shipped products to NY were not sold the public, establishments in Texas, California, and Oklahoma had already sold some of the products.

No illnesses have been reported related to the tuna but if you feel you have gotten sick or eaten contaminated tuna within the last two weeks, you are urged to contact your doctor.

The FDA has issued a recall for frozen yellowfin tuna steaks from Sustainable Seafood Company and yellowfin tuna cubes from Santa Cruz Seafood.

Because Hepatitis A can have serious health consequences, the FDA advises members of the public who may have consumed the product and are unvaccinated for Hepatitis A to undergo post-exposure prophylaxis. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can be transmitted through food or skin to skin contact.

  • Joanne Flowers