KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to not eat yellowfin tuna steaks from the seafood counter or seasoned yellowfin tuna steaks in store-prepped Styrofoam trays from Kroger.
The warning affects Kroger stores AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, MS, NE, OH, SC, TN, VA and WV with yellowfin tuna steaks with sell-by dates from Aug. 29 to Sept. 14.
The yellowfin tuna steaks may cause scombroid poisoning, the FDA said.
Consumers of these products who are experiencing symptoms of scombroid poisoning should contact a healthcare provider, the FDA advised. Consumers of these products who have recently experienced symptoms of scombroid poisoning should report their symptoms to their local Health Department.
Symptoms of scombroid poisoning
Scombroid poisoning is caused by eating fish that has not been properly refrigerated or preserved and therefore contains high levels of histamine, the FDA said. Scombroid poisoning is most commonly caused by fish that have naturally high levels of the amino acid histidine, which bacteria convert to histamine when the fish is not correctly stored.
Scombroid symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to an hour after eating contaminated fish. They usually resemble an allergic reaction, such as flushing of the face, headache, heart palpitations, itching, blurred vision, cramps, and diarrhea. Symptoms can be treated with antihistamines. Even without treatment, people usually get better within 12 hours.
If you suspect you have symptoms of scombroid poisoning, contact a health professional.
Summary and scope
On Sept. 4, the FDA became aware of multiple scombroid poisoning cases in individuals who consumed tuna steaks purchased from three separate Kroger retail locations in Ohio.
On Sept. 5, Kroger agreed to remove all yellowfin tuna steaks from their stores in AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, MS, NE, OH, SC, TN, VA and WV as well as begin notifying consumers who had purchased this product to dispose of or return the product to the store.
The FDA is also working with the distributor to remove any additional product from the market.
Recommendations for Consumers
Consumers who have symptoms of scombroid poisoning should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care.
To report a complaint or adverse event (illness or serious allergic reaction), you can
— call an FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator if you wish to speak directly to a person about your problem.
Complete an electronic Voluntary MedWatch form online.
Complete a paper Voluntary MedWatch form that can be mailed to FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/fcic for additional consumer and industry assistance.
The FDA said it continues to work with Kroger, the distributor, and state and local partners to remove all contaminated product from the market.