The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a warning on March 6 that the recall involving tuna products has expanded to encompass some more items.
Save on Foods launched the recall on March 6 due to elevated levels of histamine potentially in the following O/W Ahi Tuna (sold in variable sizes and all starting with UPC 226248) products sold in British Columbia and Alberta:
• PriceSmart O/W Ahi Tuna, sold from September 18 to November 6, 2019, at Pricesmart stores in B.C.;
• Save on Foods O/W Ahi Tuna, sold from November 7 to February 28, 2020, at Pricesmart stores in B.C.;
• Urban Fare O/W Ahi Tuna, sold from September 18 to February 28, 2020, at Urban Fare stores in Alberta and B.C.
Anyone who has these products should throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.
There haven't been any reported reactions so far from consuming these products but there have been reported reactions to the products in the original recall (see also below).
More information about histamines is available below.
A recall of tuna from the marketplace announced last week has since expanded to include several other products, involving items sold at Vancouver grocery stores.
On February 25, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that Seven Seas Limited was recalling its Unomundo brand tuna loins and steaks (sold in various sizes at counters with or without a label or coding—“Lot #59831” only appears on the master case) due to elevated levels of histamine in the fish.
The recall was initiated after consumers reported reactions to the affected products.
Histamines in fish can cause an allergic-type reaction known as scombroid poisoning. Symptoms can include a burning throat, diarrhea, dizziness, facial swelling, headache, vomiting, and a peppery taste. Histamines aren’t destroyed by cooking and histamine-contaminated food may not appear to smell spoiled but can still make a person sick.
More information about histamines and scombroid poisoning is available at the Health Canada website, which states that high levels of histamines indicates that decomposition has occurred and toxic levels can form before a fish smells or tastes bad.
On February 28, the recall expanded when the CFIA stated that Save on Foods, Choice Market, and IGA launched a recall for additional tuna products, although there haven’t been any reported reactions associated with these products so far.
The additional three types of products were sold at Choices Markets, IGA, and Save on Foods stores in Vancouver and B.C., as well as some other provinces.
The first product is Save on Foods O/W Ahi Tuna, with UPC starting with UPC 226248, which was sold from September 18, 2019, to February 28, 2020, at Save on Foods locations in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon.
The second product is Choices Market’s Ahi Tuna Loin Steak Sashimi Grade–Previously Frozen, with UPC starting with 0 245345, and Choices Market’s Ahi Tuna Loin Steak Frozen–Ocean Wise, with UPC starting with 0 245516:
- sold from October 9 to 23, 2019, at Choices Market (8683 10th Avenue) in Burnaby;
- sold from October 10 to 12, 2019, at Choices Market (3493 Cambie Street) in Vancouver;
- sold from October 26 to November 9, 2019, at Choices Market (1888 West 57th Avenue) in Vancouver.
The third product is IGA Ahi Tuna–Previously Frozen, with UPC starting with 200840:
- sold from September 28 to December 17, 2019, at IGA (2286 West Broadway) in Vancouver;
- sold from November 6 to December 6, 2019, at IGA (1940 Kane Road) in Kelowna, B.C.;
- sold from November 26, 2019, to January 13, 2020, at IGA (12887 Madeira Park Road) in Madeira Park, B.C.
Consumers should not eat these product (and should dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase) and retailers, restaurants, and institutions should not sell or serve them.
Anyone who is unsure if they have an affected product should contact their retailer or the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.