Health alert issued after Tuna sold at Kroger linked to Scombroid poisoning

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The Ohio Department of Agriculture has issued a public health alert for Yellowfin Tuna purchased from Kroger stores in Ohio.

The department issued this alert after an investigation involving four cases of scombroid poisoning were reported in Franklin and Montgomery counties.

The product was purchased from three stores: 1365 Stoneridge Drive, Gahanna, 10101 Landing Way, Miamisburg, and 5400 Cornerstone N Boulevard, Centerville.

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IT was sold fresh with a label of “Tuna Yellowfin Steak Fresh Wild Caught,” with sell by dates of 9-3-2019 and 9-5-2019. The product was both with and without sesame ginger seasoning.

The Department of Agriculture said there may be additional customers who bought the product.

Scombroid fish poisoning, or histamine fish poisoning, is a syndrome resembling an allergic reaction that occurs after eating fish contaminated with high levels of histamine.

Officials say symptoms begin within two minutes to several hours after eating. The most common symptoms are tingling and burning sensations around the mouth, facial flushing, sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache, palpitations, dizziness, and rash.

Most people have mild symptoms that resolve within a few hours. In some cases, symptoms may last for several days.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is asking anyone who may have this item to discard them.

Anyone exhibiting signs or symptoms of foodborne illness are encouraged to contact a physician immediately.

Consumers with questions about food safety can contact The Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food Safety at 614-728-6250.

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