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Spain confirms 154 intoxicated consumers due to adulterated Spanish tuna

Staff Writer | September 29, 2017
The Ministry of Health has confirmed the poisoning so far this year of 154 people in Spain and other European countries after consuming Spanish tuna in poor conditions and that at least 105 cases are related to products of the Almerian brand Garciden.
adulterated Spanish tuna
Europe   Ministry of Health
The Spanish Agency for Consumption, Food Safety and Nutrition (Aecosan) reported in a note that throughout 2017 it has managed 15 alerts for the presence of high concentrations of histamine in tuna.

High concentrations of histamine in tuna, and other fish such as albacore (bonito) and mackerel, are caused due to poor fish conservation conditions, and produce food poisoning that is generally not serious.

The European Commission, according to the note, sent a letter to Spain on September 14 showing their "concern" about this situation and requesting information about the actions taken to deal with and stop bad practices in tuna handling.

Fraudulent use of vegetable substances that dye tuna in red for it to appear fresher is also linked to the presence of high amounts of histamine, a substance already found in fish in which bacteria have grown due to poor conservation.

Brussels has stressed that the tuna concerned was destined for the canning industry and received a treatment that modified its colour to give it a fresher appearance - which can lead to serious cases of food poisoning - and sell it at a higher price.


 

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