Toxic Tuna in Sydney – new fears over imported food

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As the government considers a new labelling system to enable customers to clearly see where their food is coming from, another food scare is hitting headlines.

Just weeks after the health scandal of Nanna’s Mixed Berries being linked to Hepatitis A, four people have been taken ill with potentially deadly fish poisoning after eating tuna sold at a café in Sydney’s CBD imported from Thailand.

The customers bought tuna salad at The Soul Origin takeaway café, near Town Hall station and later suffered symptoms of Scombroid poisoning. Last year, Scombroid was linked to the death of a mother and daughter from the Sunshine Coast who ate contaminated fish at a restaurant in Bali.

The Sydney café is insisting it meets high hygiene standards, but experts say it’s likely the poisoning resulted from poor temperature control or mishandling in Thailand.

Authorities believe contamination happened in Thailand due to inappropriate storage temperatures between the time a fish is caught and processed.

South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit director Professor Mark Ferson said: “The Public Health Unit has notified the NSW Food Authority, which is carrying out further investigations.”

On Tuesday, the company replaced the tuna brand with another one.
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