Frozen Tuna From Asia With Hepatitis A Recalled in California and Texas


A massive recall of frozen tuna imported from Vietnam and the Philippines is underway in California and Texas after being linked with Hepatitis A.

The products, distributed by Hilo Fish Company, include yellowfin tuna steaks from Sustainable Seafood Company in Can Lam Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, and yellowfin tuna cubes from Santa Cruz Seafood in General Santos City, the Philippines.

There have so far been 25 affected restaurants according to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) current list (continuously updated).

California

Almansor Court (701 S. Almansor St., Alhambra, CA)
Arroyo Trabuco (26772 Avery Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA)
Blue HI Café (2 Embarcardero, San Francisco, CA)
Camp Four Wine Café (1508 10th St. Modesto, CA)
Doubletree (555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA)
Fuzio’s (1020 10th St. Modesto, CA)
High Sierra Grill House (2003 W. Bullard, Fresno, CA)
Hotel Irvine (17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA)
Jus Poke (501 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA)
Noelani (1037 Laurel St. San Carlos, CA)
Ola Mexican Kitchen (Huntington Beach, CA)
Poke Shack (2001 Lawton St. San Francisco, CA)
Shamrock Foods (12400 Riverside Dr. Eastvale, CA)

Texas

Central Market Kitchen N (HEB Vendor #15385, Austin, TX)
Conservatory Plano (6401 Ohio Dr. Plano, TX)
Hilton Garden Inn (23535 Northgate Crossing, Spring, TX)
Jack Ryan’s (102 N. College Ave. Tyler, TX)
Jack Ryan’s (119 N. Longview St. Kilgore, TX)
Johnny Tamale (4647 E. Sam Houston, Pasadena, TX)
Myron’s Prime Steakhouse (10003 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX)
Sea Ranch Restaurant (1 Padre Blvd., S Padre Island, TX)
Sysco East Texas (4577 Estes Pkwy, Longview, TX)
Sysco Foods Central Texas (1260 Schwab R. New Braunfels, TX)
Sysco Food Houston (10710 Greens Crossing Blvd, Houston, TX)
The Schooner (1507 S, Hwy 69, Nederland, TX)

One location in Oklahoma was previously cleared by the FDA after confirming it had not served the recalled products to customers.

According to the FDA, Hilo initiated a voluntary recall on May 18. The agency, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are assisting the ongoing pullout.

No illnesses have been reported so far, but unvaccinated individuals who consumed the tuna in the last two weeks are encouraged to contact their health care provider/s and undergo post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent infection.

The prophylaxis consists of a vaccine for ages 1 to 40, or, ideally, a virus-specific immunoglobulin for those outside that age range.

Hepatitis A, which lasts from weeks to months, is a liver infection that may be acquired through ingestion of food or water contaminated by the Hepatitis A virus. As it is contagious, it may be passed on from an infected person to another who has not been vaccinated.

As per the CDC, symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include fever, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored feces, joint pain and yellowish discoloration of the skin called jaundice. They usually appear two to six weeks after exposure.

Physicians recently warned against the dangers of consuming raw seafood, with one man suffering from anisakiasis after eating sushi at a Japanese restaurant.