Keen on seafood?
Join the club – or maybe sidestep away – because the Hepatitis A virus was linked to frozen tuna imported from the Sustainable Seafood Company and Santa Cruz Seafood. As a result 31 restaurants in the American states of California, Texas and Oklahoma have been affected and a mass recall is taking place. Yikes.
The recall began on the 18th May when Hawaii’s Hilo Fish Company discovered that their 8-ounce tuna steaks and 15-pound cases of tuna cubes tested positive for Hepatitis A contamination. This led to an investigation by the FDA, the United States Food and Drug Administration as well as the CDC, Center for Disease and Control.
Whilst the FDA said on Thursday that there have been no reports of illnesses linked to the fish, they have asked those who have recently eaten raw tuna and have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis A to get post-exposure prophylaxis to combat the chances of infection.
Unfortunately, once Hepatitis A has been contracted, symptoms don’t appear for a few weeks so at this time we cannot tell the scale of the effects that the contaminated tuna will have. However, once the viral liver disease starts showing symptoms, The Mayo Clinic says that sufferers can expect a startling medley of ailments that include nausea, vomiting, fatigue and fever.
The FDA have asked anyone who believes that they have been exposed to the contaminated tuna to get in touch with their healthcare professionals.