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FDA advises public not to eat yellowfin tuna steaks sold at Georgia Krogers

The Food and Drug Administration is advising the public not to eat yellowfin tuna steaks sold at Kroger stores in 16 states, including Georgia.

According to the FDA, consumers in Ohio who ate the tuna recently experienced symptoms of scombroid poisoning. In scombroid poisoning, states, “bacteria have grown during improper storage of the dark meat of the fish and the bacteria produce scombroid toxin. Scombroid toxin, or poison, is probably a combination of histamine and histamine-like chemicals. The toxin or poison does not affect everyone who ingests it.”

The FDA advisory is for yellowfin tuna steaks sold from the seafood counter or seasoned yellowfin tuna steaks in store-prepped trays from Kroger retail stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia with sell by dates from August 29, 2019, and September 14, 2019, because they may cause scombroid poisoning.

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Symptoms of scombroid poisoning usually develop within a few minutes to an hour after eating contaminated fish. They usually resemble an allergic reaction, such as flushing of the face, headache, heart palpitations, itching, blurred vision, cramps and diarrhea, the FDA states. Symptoms can be treated with antihistamines. Even without treatment, people usually get better within 12 hours.  

If you suspect you have symptoms of scombroid poisoning, contact a health professional.

Kroger has agreed to remove all yellowfin tuna steaks from stores in the affected states.

In June, recalled some frozen berries under the Private Selection label for a possible hepatitis A contamination.

In April, a salmonella outbreak from frozen tuna sickened people in Washington State, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and New York. Two people were hospitalized.

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