By Chris Klint
3:08 PM AKDT, October 14, 2011
Ground tuna sold frozen and possibly used in sushi sold at grocery stores has been recalled due to decomposition found in several samples and possibly elevated histamine levels, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Tuna producer Osamu Corp. issued the recall for tuna shipped to three distributors from Aug. 18 to Sept. 8, which may have been used in sushi sold at grocery stores’ sushi franchises. One affected franchise, AFC, operates at grocery-store counters in nearly every state, and DEC officials have confirmed that the tuna was distributed in Alaska.
DEC says decomposition in the tuna may promote formation of elevated histamine levels. Histamine consumed in food can cause reactions with symptoms including tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, rash, hives and itchy skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Three cases of illness due to elevated histamine levels have been reported, all outside of Alaska and linked to sushi purchases at a single location.
Officials say customers concerned about sushi they purchased from a grocery store should visit the store, which will be able to determine whether the sushi was made with the recalled tuna.
Osamu Corp. can be contacted about the recall at 1-310-327-6376 from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.
More information on recalls affecting Alaskans is available on DEC’s website.
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