Red Shell and AFC Sushi Ground Tuna Recall Due to Rotting Fish

About 1,800 cases of Osamu Corporation frozen ground tuna, used in sushi distributed nationwide by Red Shell Foods and AFC Corporation, has been recalled after federal inspectors discovered that some of it was decomposing. 

The frozen ground tuna recall was announced by the FDA on October 12, after inspectors found that some of the fish had rotted and had elevated levels of histamine. The samples were taken from an unspecified retail outlet.

The FDA has reported three instances of food poisoning in connection to the recalled sushi, all involving individuals who ate the contaminated sushi at a single location.

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The FDA does not know what caused the elevated levels of histamine, but its formation is often promoted by decomposition. Eating food containing histamine can cause a variety of allergy-like symptoms, including facial swelling, rash, itchy skin, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and a tingling or burning sensation in the mouth. Anyone who develops these symptoms should seek medical attention, the FDA warned.

The recall affects lot # 7013 of Osamu Corporation frozen ground tuna. The tuna was shipped to three distributors; Red Shell Foods, AFC Corporation and Pacific Fresh Fish Company, from August 18 to September 9. All three have removed the fish from the marketplace and are destroying the remaining affected inventory.

AFC Corporation has sushi franchises in grocery stores nationwide, and Red Shell Foods has sushi franchises in grocery stores throughout California. Pacific Fresh Fish Company is a cash and carry fish market in Los Angeles.

Osamu officials do not believe there is any affected fish left on the market at this date. However, any consumers who have some of the recalled tuna should return it to the distributor for a full refund. Consumers with questions can call Osamu Corporation at (310)327-6376.


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