Mical Seafood Inc. of Florida has recalled various tuna products due to concerns that improper refrigeration may have led to an outbreak of scombroid illnesses. Four people were sickened as of October 1, 2019.
The recall affects wild-caught yellowfin tuna poke cubes, tuna loins, ground tuna meat, and 6-ounce tuna steaks.
The products were sold in 10-pound or 30-pound sizes and were produced between April 2, 2019 and May 14, 2019.
The tuna was sold in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, California, Michigan, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten and Grand Cayman.
Scombroid fish poisoning is an illness that occurs due to elevated levels of histamines in partially-spoiled tuna and certain other species of fish. It is typically caused by improper refrigeration or preservation.
The symptoms of scombroid poisoning are similar to an allergic reaction, with tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, rash, hives and itchy skin, nausea, and vomiting or diarrhea.
Illnesses typically begin within a few minutes of eating the fish and resolve within a few hours, but severe cases may require medical attention, according to the FDA.