A northwest Fresno restaurant and three in Modesto are among dozens that may have received frozen tuna contaminated with Hepatitis A, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
FDA officials said that on May 18 the Hilo Fish Company in Hawaii began recalling tuna sourced from the Sustainable Seafood Company in Vietnam and the Santa Cruz Seafood Company in the Philippines. Samples of the fish tested positive for Hepatitis A, a potentially severe liver disease.
Although no illnesses have been reported, the FDA is warning consumers that restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma and California may have received some of the contaminated fish. The High Sierra Grill, 2003 W. Bullard Ave., is one of 17 restaurants in California identified by the FDA. Other San Joaquin Valley restaurants on the FDA list are in Modesto – Camp Four Wine Cafe, Fuzio’s and Galetto Ristorante.
The FDA urges anyone who may have eaten the recalled tuna within the last two weeks to contact their local health department. Hepatitis A is contagious, and its severity can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to several illness lasting several months. It can also easily be passed from an infected person to an unvaccinated family member, sexual partner or other close contact.
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Health officials remind consumers that Hepatitis A is most frequently found in shellfish, berries and salads. To keep from getting sick, make sure to practice safe food handling including washing hands, utensils and surfaces with hot soapy water.