FDA advises consumers in 16 states not to eat yellowfin tuna from Kroger

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about yellowfin tuna steaks purchased at Krogers in 16 states, including, Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee.

The fish, which has sell-by dates from Aug. 29 to Sept. 14, could cause scombroid poisoning.

The yellowfin tuna steaks may have been sold raw from the seafood counter or seasoned in store-prepped Styrofoam trays, according to the FDA.

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Scombroid poisoning comes from eating fish that has not been refrigerated correctly or preserved so it has high levels of histamine. Histidine in some types of fish turns into histamine when the fish is not stored correctly.

Symptoms begin a few minutes to an hour after eating fish that has been contaminated and resemble an allergic reaction:

  • Flushing of the face
  • Headache
  • Heart palpitation
  • Itching
  • Blurred vision
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea

If you think you have experienced scombroid poisoning contact your doctor. If you have been diagnosed with the condition, contact your local health department, the FDA advises.

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