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High levels of histamine prompt tuna recall in B.C., including Okanagan, Kamloops stores

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March 03, 2020 - 8:34 AM

A tuna recall has been expanded to include locations in the Okanagan, as well as other spots around B.C.

Seven Seas Limited recalled its Unomundo brand tuna loins and steaks because of high levels of histamine, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced, Feb. 25. That recall was expanded Feb. 28 after an inspection agency investigation.

Health Canada said the recall was triggered by "reported reactions" from people, and complaints from consumers.

Tuna products are being recalled due to a histamine reaction.
Tuna products are being recalled due to a histamine reaction.
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"Food contaminated with high levels of histamine may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick," the recall notice said.

"Histamines are not destroyed by cooking. High levels of histamine in fish can cause an allergic-type reaction known as scombroid poisoning."

Symptoms, Health Canada reported, can include burning throat, diarrhea, dizziness, facial swelling, headache, vomiting and peppery taste in the mouth.

The recall included tuna products such as sashimi grade ahi tuna loin steaks, ahi tuna loin steaks and ahi tuna sold in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon.

The items were available at Choices Market locations in Vancouver and Burnaby, IGA stores Kelowna, Vancouver and Madeira Park, as well as Save on Foods stores across western Canada. The items were sold from Sept. 18, 2019 to Feb. 28, 2020.

“If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor,” Health Canada warned.

“Check to see if you have the recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.”

For a complete list of the recalled products and where they were sold, go to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website here.


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