(FOOD SAFETY NEWS) -- Anyone who has not been vaccinated for Hepatitis A and has eaten imported yellowfin tuna in the past two weeks — especially if they live in California, Oklahoma, New York or Texas — should consider getting a post-exposure prophylactic shot for the virus.
That recommendation from public health officials with the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came today, two weeks after a behind-the-scenes recall was initiated by Hilo Fish Company Inc. of Hilo, HI.
The two federal agencies are “assisting state and local officials in assessing the risk of Hepatitis A virus exposure from contaminated frozen tuna sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company, Vietnam, and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc., Philippines. If unvaccinated consumers have consumed the recalled product within the last two weeks, post-exposure prophylaxis may help prevent Hepatitis A virus infection.”
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