On Friday February 4th, the FDA issued the following recall: Rouses Markets Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Yellow Fin Tuna Steaks Due to Possible Health Risks.
First of all, where is Rouses Market and what is the health risk? Listen up, my fish-eating, Mardi-Gras loving friends: Rouses Market is a supermarket with chains located in Louisiana and Mississippi.
And they are recalling wild-caught tuna steaks from the Gulf of Mexico due to histamine poisoning (also called Scrombroid food poisoning). Histamine or scrombroid poisoning occurs after someone eats spoiled or decayed fish, meaning that the tuna steaks were spoiled or decaying. Yuck.
And the effects are similar to an allergic reaction: facial flushing, burning/peppery sensations in the mouth and throat, dizziness, nausea, headache, cold-like symptoms.
This is not so bad, you say. It's not like they were recalled for e-coli or salmonella poisoning. True, I counter, but there is one thing I would like to point out:
Scrombroid/histamine/whateveryouwanttocallit poisoning comes from fish that are decaying or spoiled. So how long were these fish sitting in trucks being transported to the supermarket? How long were they waiting to be harvested and shipped that allowed them to decay? In short, these fish represent a larger problem with the industrial food complex.
After researching this, it seems to be a common problem, and one that has plenty of research to address the causes and solutions. But let's face it: in a system as vast, unregulated and corrupt as our industrial food complex, how can we expect these incidents not to happen?