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Frozen Tuna Sold in New Braunfels and San Antonio May be Tainted with Hepatitis A

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Frozen tuna that was sold in San Antonio and New Braunfels may have been contaminated with Hepatitis A. The United States Food and Drug Administration notified restaurants, retailers, and consumers this past Friday that the frozen tuna sold in Texas, California, and Oklahoma area stores and restaurants may have been affected. Samples imported from Indonesia tested positive for Hepatitis A. Additionally, product samples that were taken from the facility also tested positive for the Hepatitis A virus.

By the time the tests were conclusive, some of the products had already had been distributed to restaurants and stores in Texas, Oklahoma, and California. Consumers who suspect they may have gotten sick from eating the contaminated fish should immediately contact their local health provider. Here is a list of the places where the contaminated tuna may have been distributed and sold.

The FDA released this statement regarding the tainted fish:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are assisting state and local officials in assessing the risk of hepatitis A virus exposure from contaminated frozen tuna sources Sustainable Seafood Company, Vietnam, and Santa CruzSeafood Inc., Philippines.

If you think you’ve gotten sick from eating recalled tuna contact your health care professional. The FDA and CDC are not currently aware of any illnesses related to any of the recalled frozen tuna. However, because Hepatitis A can have serious health consequences, the CDC advises post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for unvaccinated persons who have consumed any of the recalled frozen tuna products in the past two weeks. PEP offers no preventive benefit to persons whose exposure occurred more than two weeks ago. People who have consumed this fish fully cooked are at reduced risk of exposure but are encouraged to consult with their medical professionals.