The FDA and CDC are investigating after the hepatitis A virus was found in contaminated frozen tuna. The agencies say the tuna came from two companies outside the United States - Sustainable Seafood Company in Vietnam, and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. in the Philippines.
The FDA says anyone who is not vaccinated against the hepatitis A virus and has consumed the recalled tuna within the last two weeks should seek post-exposure prophylaxis from a medical professional to prevent a hepatitis A virus infection.
The CDC says it is not aware of any illnesses linked to these products, as of June 2.
The recall began May 18 when Hilo Fish Company began recalling tuna sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company and Santa Cruz Seafood, Inc. that tested positive for the hepatitis A virus.
The FDA says it is collecting additional frozen tuna samples, increasing its screening measures, and testing imported seafood for several companies. The FDA has identified restaurants and retailers in Texas, Oklahoma, and California where the tuna was distributed. In addition, the federal agency has prepared a list of restaurants and other retail locations that received the recalled frozen tuna.
If you think you've become ill from eating recalled tuna, contact your health care professional.
The FDA encourages consumers with questions about food safety to call 1-888-SAFEFOOD Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern time, or to consult http://www.fda.gov.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the following information on its website on Friday: