In a press release, the Osamu Corporation, in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the voluntary recall of their frozen ground tuna due to an FDA discovery of elevated histamine levels in several samples of the product taken from one retail location.
The company stated that they are recalling the product out of an abundance of caution because decomposed product may be a contributing factor in the elevated histamine levels. This recall affects roughly 1,800 cases of the ground tuna, identifiable through the lot number 7013. The frozen ground tune was shipped to several distributors for further nationwide distribution from August 18 to September 8 of this year. The distributors have since removed the product from their stocks and are destroying any remaining.
Histamine, when consumed in food products, can illicit reactions with symptoms of a tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling rash, hives and itchy skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. The FDA and Osamu urges anyone experiencing these symptoms to seek immediate medical attention to avoid a worsening condition.
The company received reports of three illnesses due to the elevated histamine levels found in sushi at a single location. Customers who have purchased the product from a distributor are being urged to return it to the distributor for a full refund.
As a Federal Way personal injury attorney, I’ve seen similar recalls in the past and understand the severity associated with such situations. If you’ve been injured through the consumption of a defective food product, it may be in your best interests to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area to discuss your rights as a consumer.