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Osamu Corp. frozen ground tuna recalled

October 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Gardena-based fish company Osamu Corp. is recalling hundreds of cases of frozen ground tuna after federal inspectors found possible health hazards in samples.

Osamu Corp. says Food and Drug Administration officials found decomposition and elevated histamine levels in several samples.

Histamine can cause a tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, skin abnormalities and nausea.

Three illnesses have been reported.

The frozen ground tuna was shipped to three distributors -- AFC Corporation, Red Shell Foods and Pacific Fresh Fish Company -- from Aug. 18, 2011 and Sept. 8, 2011. Osamu officials say they believe all the tuna has been removed from stores.

Red Shell Foods has sushi franchises in grocery markets in the state of California in the following cities: Calabasas, Century City, Dana Point, Encino, Hollywood, Irvine, Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Newport Beach, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pacific Palisades, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Sherman Oaks, Silverlake, Tarzana, West Hollywood, and Westlake Village.

AFC has sushi franchises at counters in grocery stores in nearly every state, including California.

Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased may contain the ground tuna should check with the store where they purchased the sushi. That store will be able to determine if it used the recalled product to prepare the sushi.

Customers who have purchased the recalled tuna are urged to return it to the distributor for a full refund. Osamu has set up an information line at (310) 327-6376, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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