Hepatitis A Virus Found in Frozen Tuna, FDA Says


The contaminated fish was sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company and Santa Cruz Seafood.

Frozen tuna containing hepatitis A virus has been discovered in California, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Consumers may be at risk of contracting the virus due to consumption of potentially contaminated frozen tuna that was disrupted by Hilo Fish Company and sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company and Santa Cruz Seafood, Inc, according to the FDA.

To date, the CDC has reported no illnesses, but unvaccinated individuals who may have consumed the potentially contaminated tuna within the past 2 weeks are advised to undergo post exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

The Hilo Fish Company began recalling tuna on May 18, 2017, that was sourced from the seafood companies and tested positive for hepatitis A.

The recall was the result of a follow-up after the Hawaii Department of Health notified the FDA of a frozen tuna sample—–sourced from PT Deho Canning Co––which tested positive for hepatitis A on May 1, 2017.

The FDA noted that they are continuing to collect additional frozen tuna samples from Sustainable Seafood Company and Santa Cruz Seafood, and will increase screening measures and testing for imported seafood from these companies.

The current recall consists of frozen yellowfin tuna steaks from Sustainable Seafood Company and yellowfin tuna cubes from Santa Cruz Seafood.

The following restaurants and other retail locations received the recalled frozen tuna:

  • Almansor Court: Alhambra, CA
  • Arroyo Trabuco: Mission Viejo, CA
  • Blue HI Café: San Francisco, CA
  • Camp Four Wine Café: Modesto, CA
  • Doubletree: Claremont, CA
  • Fuzio’s: Modesto, CA
  • High Sierra Grill House: Fresno, CA
  • Hotel Irvine: Irvine, CA
  • Jus Poke: Redondo Beach, CA
  • Noelani: San Carlos, CA
  • Ola Mexican Kitchen: Huntington Beach, CA
  • Poke Shack: San Francisco, CA
  • Shamrock Foods: Eastvale, CA
  • Central Market Kitchen N: Austin, TX
  • Conservatory Plano: Plano, TX
  • Hilton Garden Inn: Spring, TX
  • Jack Ryan’s: Tyler, TX and Kilgore, TX
  • Johnny Tamale: Pasadena, TX
  • Myron’s Prime Steakhouse: San Antonio, TX
  • Sea Ranch Restaurant: Padre Island, TX
  • Sysco East Texas: Longview, TX
  • Sysco Foods Central Texas: New Braunfels, TX
  • Sysco Food Houston: Houston, TX
  • The Schooner: Nederland, TX

The FDA will continue to update the list and will continue investigating, and encourages anyone who thinks they may have become ill from eating tuna, or believe they ate any of the recalled frozen tuna within the last 2 weeks to call 1-888-SAFEFOOD between 10 am and 4 pm Eastern standard time Monday through Friday, or to visit http://www.fda.gov.

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