Frozen Cubed Tuna Recalled Due to Hepatitis A
Tropic Fish Hawai‘i, a wholesale food distributor and subsidiary of CMU and Associates on the Big Island, announced they identified and voluntarily recalled a shipment of frozen imported cubed tuna from Indonesia from distribution due to testing positive with the Hepatitis A virus.
The company has notified all customers who may have received fish from the shipment and has removed all potentially affected products from public sale.
TFH, through CMU, regularly tests products for the Hepatitis A virus for one if its customers, Times Supermarkets, which implemented a testing requirement for all of its vendors following the Hepatitis A outbreak last year.
Late yesterday, upon learning that a sample of the supply tested positive, the company contacted the businesses potentially affected and immediately began voluntarily recalling the product. The Hawai‘i Department of Health was notified and TFH is ensuring all proper procedures are being followed under the direction of the DOH.
“Our normal procedure is to receive the test results prior to distribution, but unfortunately that did not happen with this particular shipment,” said Shawn Tanoue, president of Tropic Fish Hawai‘i. “We have corrected our procedures to ensure this will not happen again. I want to personally apologize to our customers and the public. We are a local company and pride ourselves in our work and in providing the highest-quality products.”
The recalled product was distributed to the following restaurants and retailers, which are all located on O‘ahu, between April 27 and May 1:
- G.P. Hawaiian Food Catering
- Mā‘ili Sunset Bar & Grill
- Shima’s Market
- Times ‘Aiea
- Times Kailua
- Times Kane‘ohe
- Times Kunia
- Times Liliha
- Times Mililani
- Times Waipahu