A product recall warning:
Cans of Mas-River fried dace with salted black beans have been recalled because of high levels of histamine. High levels of histamine can cause scombrotoxic fish poisoning if eaten. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.
Product details: Mas-River fried dace with salted black beans, 184g
Description: Oval can with red and yellow label
Best before: 30 April 2013
Batch code: IKH MFG:30.04.2010 MALAYSIA NO.62
The affected cans have been recalled and product recall notices have been issued to stores that sell the product explaining why the product has been recalled. If you have bought this product you should contact Oriental Merchant (Europe) on 0113 248 7838 and return it to the store for a full refund.
The science behind the story
Scombrotoxic fish poisoning is linked to eating fish from the family that includes tuna, mackerel, and herring. It is caused when fish and fish products are not refrigerated correctly. Warmer temperatures allow bacteria to multiply and produce a chemical called histamine at levels that can make people ill if it’s eaten. Cooking the fish will not destroy histamine.
Symptoms are similar to those of an allergic reaction; they include skin rash, low blood pressure, vomiting and diarrhoea. Symptoms also include headaches, dizziness, palpitations, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms can occur as quickly as 10 minutes after eating the affected fish and may be serious enough to require urgent medical attention, although they usually resolve within 24 hours.