Summer may be slowing down, but the recalls are still going strong. Whether it’s Salmonella-infected dog treats or Listeria-contaminated deli salads, you can never be too careful when it comes to your grocery shopping. This week, be on the lookout for tuna steaks purchased at Kroger. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the steaks may contain high levels of histamine, which can cause scombroid poisoning.
The tuna steak recall was issued by Kroger on September 5. You can find the official FDA statement here.
So far, several states have been named in the recall, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
What products are recalled?
The recall specifically names yellowfin tuna steaks, which may be sold raw at the seafood counter or seasoned in-store and packaged in foam trays. But other types of tuna like albacore and bluefin are okay to eat, so it’s important to know what may be swimming around at the back of your fridge.
On September 4, the FDA received several complaints of illness linking the contaminated fish to three Kroger locations in Ohio. Kroger pulled all yellowfin tuna from stores and notified customers who had made recent purchases. As Kroger continues to purge stores of the contaminated product, the grocery chain urges buyers to take a look in the fridge and dispose of the steaks accordingly.
How do I know if I have one of these products?
The yellowfin tuna steaks were only sold briefly, so they shouldn’t be hard to identify if you think you have one. If you bought tuna steaks from Kroger with a Sell By date between August 29 and September 14, you’ll want to toss them. If you’re not sure when you purchased the steaks and can’t find a Sell By date, you may want to give them the old heave-ho, anyway.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
The FDA and Kroger urge buyers to get rid of the yellowfin tuna steaks as soon as possible. You can either toss your package in the garbage or take it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Some locations may even let you exchange the contaminated tuna for something else.
For more information on the Kroger tuna steak recall, you can reach out to the FDA at 888-463-6332. You can contact this line at any time to report illness related to a food product or to get information about recalls. If you experience any symptoms related to scombroid poisoning, make sure to let the FDA know.
How can I avoid getting scombroid poisoning?
Scombroid poisoning brings a slew of nasty side effects that start between a few minutes and an hour after consuming poorly refrigerated fish. To avoid it, make sure all fish you buy and consume has been refrigerated.
Luckily, scombroid usually only lasts around twelve hours, even without medical treatment. It usually feels like an allergic reaction and can cause itching, headaches, cramps and blurred vision. If you’re experiencing symptoms of scombroid poisoning, it’s best to contact a doctor.