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Diagnosis: Scombroid


Yellowfin/Ahi Tuna - Linked to scombroid

Report Type: Outbreak
“FDA has announced that recalls of yellowfin/ahi tuna supplied by Truong Phu Xanh Co., LTD of Vietnam have not effectively removed potentially harmful products from the market and be contaminated by Scombroid. Scombrotoxin fish poisoning can occur when fish is not properly chilled or preserved and begins to spoil, resulting... See More in increased histamine levels. Histamine cannot be destroyed by freezing or cooking. Tuna from this supplier is still within its shelf life and could have been sold thawed or frozen ground tuna meat, poke cubes, steaks, or loins.­­ The following companies imported tuna from Truong Phu Xanh Co., LTD: - Mical Seafood Inc. (Davie, FL) - Northern Fisheries LTD. (Little Compton, RI) - Alfa International Seafood Inc. (Medley, FL) - Aquabest Seafood LLC (Miami, FL) - Gamma Seafood Corporation (Medley, FL) - J. DeLuca Fish Company, Inc. (San Pedro, CA) - Sym-Pac International Inc. (Corona, CA) - Worldwide Seafood Products LLC (Perth Amboy, NJ) Consumers should ask if the yellowfin tuna being served or sold was imported from the Vietnamese supplier Truong Phu Xanh Co., LTD and has a production date in 2019. To read more click here: Source: FDA

Trade, Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Other
“Scombriod poisoning is what I was told I have. Has to do with house the fish is stored/kept. ”
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New Yellowfin Tuna recall due to scombroid poisoning

Report Type: Food Recall
“The FDA announced that frozen Yellowfin Tuna Medallions products are subject to a recall by Northern Fisheries LTD because of the potential of causing scombroid fish poisoning. The recall notice does not specify the amount of recalled products.

FDA advises consumers not to consume the recalled products and discard them... See More immediately. The products were distributed in CT, MI, MN, RI, and WI under the "Tuna King" brand. - Tuna King. Tuna Medallions (10x1lb). UPC code: 815838020638. Production date: 06/13/2019 (ALL LOTS) You can check the full recall notice on the FDA website Source: FDA

Update - Yellowfin Tuna Recall Due to Scombroid Concern

Report Type: Food Recall
“As part of the investigation of Yellowfin Tuna products due to the potential to cause Scombroid poisoning the FDA identified Truong Phu Xanh Co., LTD as the common supplier of tuna that was likely consumed by most of the ill people. FDA asked the supplier to initiate a voluntary recall... See More of all of its imported yellowfin tuna but this has yet happened. FDA advises consumers to ask if the yellowfin tuna they are being served or sold was imported from the Vietnamese supplier Truong Phu Xanh Co., LTD; if so, don't purchase it. To read about the outbreak visit our news section. Source:
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Giant Food, South Glebe Road, Arlington, VA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea
“Bought Tuna steaks on sale 8/10/19 got scombroid fish food poisoning. Within minutes of eating lips felt swollen and entire mouth felt burnt. Face flushed, red and hot 30 minutes later. 2 hours later everything in my stomach was liquified and emptied. Hoping that’s all.

This is caused by tuna... See More not being kept at proper temperature.
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San Francisco Fish Company, San Francisco, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever
“Ordered tuna burger. Noticed unusual metallic taste. Within the hour developed flushed skin, itchiness, fast heart rate, followed later by diarrhea. Condition improved after taking benadryl. Symptoms match scombroid or histamine poisoning. ”
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A1A Ale Works Restaurant & Taproom, King Street, St. Augustine, FL, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Weakness
“Twenty minutes after eating rare tuna, I came down with nausea, headache, weakness, an urgent bowel movement, blurred vision, chest rash, low blood pressure, and was red in my face. An ER doctor diagnosed this as Scombroid poisoning. The restaurant is not necessarily at fault; it could have been the... See More fish supplier.
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Trader Joe's, Walter Seaholm Drive, Austin, TX, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting
Tuna Burgers. SKU# 54638. Scombroid Poisoning. Tingling mouth and tongue. Nausea and vomiting. Restricted air passage. ”
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Hung Xing Seafood, Jalan Kendera, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Vomiting
“Had a wedding dinner on the 20th of october 2018. During that time of the date somewhere between 9pm-9.30pm had a stomachache that is excruciating. It felt like i drank milk(lactose intolerant) kind of pain. Thought maybe do some no.2(go poo poo) would make it better. But i was wrong... See More and felt very unpleasent with myself after doing no.2. Felt very unwell so i decided to go home straight from the event. Upon almost arriving home i suddenly exploded with vomit during my drive back home. Luckily i manage to park on the road side to avoid congestion to the traffic. While the car is parked. I continue vomitting nonstop for 4 episodes of it. Wondering wat was going on that time why i vomit suddenly. No kore second thoughts. So i immediately drove back home because i was near to my house already at that time. So i continue driving with the stains on the car. Upon reach just infeont of the house i felt weak and continue vomiting nonstop. Another 3 episodes of it. But this time it came out blood. Body was getting weak and weaker manage to call my wife out of the house in need of help.. Fwlt so helpless and weak already at that time. My sister and my wife immediately rushed my to the hospital right after cleaning me at home. Landed in the emergency room with the help of some nurses and doctors. Not sure how many and who was it. I only know this by the sound of their voices. I was trembling and felt like suffocating at that time. Not sure wat was the time maybe it was 10.40pm at that time. So the doctor continue with their jobs to find out wat was wrong with me. After waking up at nearly 2am. Im already on a wheelchair and the nurse is pushing me to a ward. The next morning the doctor gave me the answer to me that i was diagnosed with scromboid poisoning.
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Starbucks, 1742 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting
“I ordered a blonde black N white madd with almond milk and a tuna sandwich. I drank about a quarter of the drink and stated vomiting in the car within a half hour . ”
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What is Scombroid Poisoning?

Scombroid poisoning can occur when consuming improperly preserved fish. The scombroid toxin has been reported in amberjack, bluefish, albacore, Australian salmon, herring, anchovy, mackerel, saury, herring, needlefish. Mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, sardine, wahoo, skipjack and kahawai may also pass scombroid. The toxin acts as a histamine and is produced following the growth of bacteria in improperly stored fish. While some people may not react to the toxin, others do. There’s no sure-fire way of testing the presence of Scombroid in fish. The toxin is not killed by cooking and remains a threat in the fish tissues. Fish containing scombroid toxin may taste peppery or metallic.


Scombroid is a fast-acting poisoning, causing symptoms typically after 1 hour of ingestion. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pains, flushing, and nausea. Sufferers may also report oral burning sensation, hives, itching, fever, and irregular heartbeat. Severe scombroid poisoning may cause wheezing, racing heart and reduced blood pressure. Consult your physician if you experience unusually prolonged or severe symptoms.