May 2001 Issue

Tuna Burgers Reveal Bacterial Danger

Tuna burgers are a popular new menu item—a way to eat less red meat and more fish. But you may want to think twice about ordering them the next time you eat out. Tuna burgers have been linked to histamine poisoning, which results when fish is contaminated with histamine-producing bacteria and then is improperly refrigerated, allowing the bacteria to multiply. People with asthma or heart disease are especially vulnerable to the sometimes fatal effects of histamine poisoning.

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