May 3, 2017 — The Hawaii State Department of Health is warning that frozen cubes of raw tuna (ahi) that were sold in ahi poke may have been contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus.
Tropic Fish Hawaii, LLC, imported the ahi tuna from Indonesia and distributed it to restaurants, grocery stores, and catering companies on Oahu between April 27 and May 1, 2017, according to a notice (PDF) from the DOH.
The tuna was sold in frozen cubes and it was used to prepare ahi poke (raw fish salad) at Times Supermarket and Shima’s grocery stores in Aiea, Kailua, Kanaeohe, Kunia, Liliha, Mililani, Waipahu, and Waimanalo.
The tuna was used in food that was served or sold by GP Hawaiian Food Catering, The Crab Shack Kapolei (Maile Sunset Bar & Grill), and ABC store at 205 Lewers St.
Peter Oshiro, chief of the DOH Food Safety Program, said the department was immediately notified of the positive test by Times Supermarket and Tropic Fish Hawaii:
“All of the product is being traced, collected and held by the distributor. Fortunately, in this case, Tropic Fish Hawaii kept excellent records and has been contacting all retailers and pulling the product quickly.”
Health officials recommend that anyone who ate poke at the establishments listed above after April 27 should contact a doctor if they are not already vaccinated against Hepatitis A.
The vaccine or a shot of Immune Globulin (IG) can boost immunity and help prevent infection with Hepatitis A, but only if they are given within 2 weeks of exposure to the virus.
No illnesses have been reported yet because the symptoms of Hepatitis A infection generally take 2-6 weeks to appear. These symptoms may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellowing of the skin or eyes.
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