Category Archives: Histamine

RASFF Alerts – Histamine -Tuna – Mackerel

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RASFF-histamine (>2500 mg/kg – ppm) in thawed tuna fillets (Thunnus albacares) from Spain in France

RASFF -histamine (570 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled mackerel (Scomber scombrus) from Denmark in Italy

Information -Fish histamine poisoning

Food Authority NSW

Histamine fish poisoning (or Scombroid poisoning) is a type of food poisoning caused by elevated levels of histamine being present in the fish.

Naturally occurring bacteria in fish produce an enzyme which converts histidine in the fish to histamine.

Histamine fish poisoning usually occurs in certain species of fish, such as tuna, sardines, mackerel, swordfish and marlin.

Information at the Link above.

RASFF Alert – Histamine -Anchovy Fillets with Olive Oil

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RASFF-histamine (220; 260 mg/kg – ppm) in anchovy fillets with olive oil from Italy in Italy

RASFF Alert – Histamine – Sardine Fillets – Yellowfin Tuna

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RASFF-histamine (581 mg/kg – ppm) in sardinae fillets in oil from Tunisia in Italy

RASFF-histamine (3035 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen yellowfin tuna from Indonesia in Switzerland

Hong Kong – Stop consuming two kinds of prepackaged anchovy fillets detected with histamine

CFS   

Issue Date 25.6.2018
Source of Information Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
Food Product Prepackaged anchovy fillets
Product Name and Description (1) Product name: Filetti di Acciughe in Olio d’Oliva con Tartwfo (Anchovy Fillets with Truffle in Olive Oil)
Brand: TartufLanghe
Place of origin: Italy
Net weight: 90 grams per pack
Best before date: August 31, 2018

(2) Product name: Flat Fillets of Anchovies With Capers in Olive Oil
Brand: ROCCA
Place of origin: Italy
Net weight: 100 grams per bottle
Best before date: July 31, 2019

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS collected the two abovementioned samples from the city’super supermarket in Causeway Bay for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test results showed that the samples contained histamine at levels of 220 milligram (mg) per 100 gram (g) and 260mg per 100g respectively.
  • Histamine is commonly found in certain kinds of fish such as tuna, sardine, mackerel and anchovy, as a result of bacterial spoilage. Consumption of fish containing high levels of histamine can cause foodborne intoxication. Symptoms of histamine poisoning include tingling and burning sensation around the mouth, facial flushing and sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache, palpitations, dizziness and rash. The onset of intoxication symptoms is within a few hours after consumption and these symptoms will normally disappear in 12 hours without long term effect, the spokesman noted.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularities. The vendor has removed from shelves and stopped sale of the affected products, and initiated a recall according to CFS’ instructions.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident and will continue to monitor the case and take appropriate follow-up action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the affected products immediately if possess them.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume the two abovementioned prepackaged anchovy fillets.
  • Call the vendor’s hotline at 2736 3866 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.
Further Information The CFS press release

RASFF Alert – Histamine – Chilled Anchovies

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RASFF-histamine (up to 145.4 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) from Italy in Italy

RASFF Alert – Histamine – Chilled Mackerel

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RASFF-histamine (1500 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled mackerel (Scomber scombrus) from France in Belgium