USA: Imported frozen raw tuna or ahi cubes distributed by Tropic Fish Hawaii have tested positive for hepatitis A.
The product, imported from Indonesia, was used to prepare poke sold between April 27 – May 1 in Oahu at Times Supermarket and Shima’s in Aiea, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kunia, Liliha, Mililani, Waipahu and Waimanalo.
Peter Oshiro, chief of the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) food safety program, said Times Supermarket and Tropic Fish notified the department when they learned of the test results.
“All of the product is being traced, collected and held by the distributor. Fortunately, in this case, Tropic Fish Hawaii kept excellent records and has been contacting all retailers and pulling the product quickly.”
It was also used to prepare food sold by GP Hawaiian Food Catering and the Crab Shack Kapolei (AKA Maile Sunset Bar & Grill in Kapolei).
DOH is visiting all affected facilities to ensure proper sanitation and decontamination procedures. The product is embargoed by the state until further testing and coordination with federal authorities is completed.
Symptoms of hepatitis A infection usually appear two to six weeks after exposure.