105 people poisoned with histamine in tuna uncover suppliers’ fraud
The Civil Guard has investigated 7 people as alleged perpetrators of a crime against public health with food products, the crime of documentary misrepresentation and a crime related to consumers.
These were allegedly implicated and in different degrees of responsibility in the food poisoning of 105 people with histamine, after tuna (Thunnus albacares) consumption. This was bought in a fresh-thawed state from a company in Levante of Almeria, dedicated to the purchase and sale of this product.
The Civil Guard began the investigation of what happened last May, following the health alert issued by the Spanish Agency of Consumption, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN).
This alert was transferred within the framework of the national food alert network (Rapid Information Exchange Coordinated System) and Community (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed), following histamine poisoning as a result of consumption of tuna, purchased in fresh-thawed condition from a company of Levante, in Almeria, dedicated to the purchase, sale and elaboration of this product.
The poisoning reached much of the national territory, Andalusia, Murcia, Valencia, Catalonia, Aragon, Castile and Leon, Madrid and the Basque Country, as well as of different countries of the European Union, Germany, France, Italy and Portugal.