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Histamine Illnesses Prompt Frozen Tuna Recall

Three illnesses caused by elevated histamine levels linked to sushi led to the recall of up to 1,800 cases of frozen ground tuna.

Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA announced the recall Thursday after the Food and Drug Administration found decomposition in several samples of the company’s tuna and also found elevated histamine levels in tuna collected at one retail location.

Decomposed seafood may promote formation of histamine, which when eaten can cause a tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, rash, hives and itchy skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Individuals may experience symptoms differently. Anyone developing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

The frozen ground tuna, lot # 7013, was shipped to three distributors — AFC Corporation, Red Shell Foods and Pacific Fresh Fish Co. — from Aug. 18 to Sept. 8, 2011.

Two of the distributors have sushi franchises in grocery stores.

Red Shell Foods has sushi franchises in grocery markets in 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.

AFC has sushi franchises at counters in grocery stores in nearly every state.

Pacific Fresh Fish Company of Los Angeles is a cash and carry establishment.

Consumers concerned that sushi they purchased may contain the recalled frozen ground tuna should check with the store, which should be able to determine if it used the recalled product to prepare sushi.

Customers who purchased the frozen ground tuna from one of the distributors may return it for a full refund.  Contact the company at 1-310-327-6376, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Fridays (PST).

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