Histamine riskThis article was originally published in Foodnews
A MALAYSIAN canned fish product has been recalled by a UK importer, Oriental Merchant (Europe) Ltd, after high levels of histamine were found in one batch. Cans of Mas-River branded fried dace with salted black beans were found to have come from an unapproved establishment. High levels of histamine can cause scombrotoxic fish poisoning if eaten, which has symptoms similar to an allergic reaction, including a skin rash, low blood pressure, vomiting and diarrhoea. This type of food poisoning is linked to fish from the family that includes tuna, herring and mackerel.