The yellowfin tuna steaks were recalled after multiple people in Ohio were diagnosed with scombroid poisoning after eating tuna steaks purchased at 3 separate Kroger retail store locations.
On September 5, Kroger agreed to remove all yellowfin tuna steaks with sell-by dates from August 29, 2019 through September 14, 2019 from their stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The recall also affects Dillons, Baker’s and Gerbes stores.
The yellowfin tuna steaks were sold from the seafood service counter or plastic-wrapped trays. The recall also includes pre-seasoned yellowfin tuna steaks.
Kroger warned in the recall notice:
“The product may be contaminated with Scombrotoxin and if eaten could result in severe illness in those individuals who may consume this product.”
Anyone who purchased these products who recently experienced symptoms of scombroid poisoning should report it to their local Health Department.
The symptoms of scombroid poisoning usually develop within a few minutes to 1 hour after eating contaminated fish. The symptoms may resemble an allergic reaction, such as flushing of the face, headache, heart palpitations, itching, blurred vision, cramps, and diarrhea.
The symptoms can be treated with antihistamines. Even without treatment, people usually get better within 12 hours, according to the FDA.