At least 35 people across Spain have been affected by a form of food poisoning known as Scombroid fish poisoning, prompting an advisory from the Agency for Consumption, Food Safety and Nutrition (Aecosan) not to consume and recall lots of tuna from Almeria purchased between April 25 and May 5, according to a El Mundo report (computer translated).
The bulk of the cases have been reported from Andalusia and Madrid.
The tuna involved in the outbreak was marketed in different lots by the Almerian company Garciden and was distributed in the autonomous communities of Murcia, Valencia, Aragon, Andalusia, Castilla y León, the Basque Country, Madrid and Catalonia, and at the European level in Germany, Italy and Portugal.
A 14,000 kilo batch of contaminated tuna has prompted the Junta de Andalucia to issue health warnings across the region after consumers fell ill in Cordoba, Granada, Jaen, Malaga and Sevilla.
The Andalucian Ministry of Health has reported more than 50 cases of histamine poisoning since May 5, all caused by fresh tuna originating from Garciden, an Almeria-based supplier.
Symptoms include a sore throat, headaches, hot flushes, sweating, nausea and vomiting.
An official statement advises consumers to avoid eating tuna purchased between April 25 and May 5, some of which may still be on sale.
Six batches with barcodes ending in 170501, 170502, 170503, 170504, 170505, and 170506 have been removed from the market.