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‘Hepatitis A’ Found In Tuna Across California, Massive Recall Is In Effect

Seafood lovers beware, as the Hepatitis A virus was linked to frozen tuna from Hilo Fish Company, and has affected 31 different restaurants in California, Texas, and Oklahoma (list below).

The fish in question for this recall include, frozen yellowfin tuna steaks from both Sustainale Seafood Company, and yellowfin tuna cubes from Santa Cruz Seafood.

No one has gotten sick yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but they’re suggesting that consumers to get checked out for a post exposure prophyolaxis (PEP) if they have not been vaccinated.

If you’re not familiar with Hepatitis A symptoms,  they include fatigue, abdominal pain, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, and a pale stool, according to the FDA.

The establishments affected by the recall include, in California:

-Almansor Court- 701 S. Almansor St., Alhambra, CA

-Arroyo Trabuco- 26772 Avery Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA

-Blue HI Café- 2 Embarcardero, San Francisco, CA

-Bonito Poke- 2277 Shafter Ave. San Francisco, CA

-Camp Four Wine Café- 1508 10th St. Modesto, CA

-Doubletree- 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA

-Fenix- 919 4th ST. San Rafael, CA

-Fuzio’s- 1020 10th St. Modesto, CA

-Galaxy Foods Inc- 31224 Palos Verdes Dr. W., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

-Galetto Ristorante- 1101 J St., Modesto, CA

-High Sierra Grill House- 2003 W. Bullard, Fresno, CA

-Hotel Irvine- 17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA

-Jus Poke- 501 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA

-Noelani- 1037 Laurel St. San Carlos, CA

-Ola Mexican Kitchen- Huntington Beach, CA

-Poke Shack- 2001 Lawton St. San Francisco, CA

-Shamrock Foods- 12400 Riverside Dr. Eastvale, CA

Texas and Oklahoma:

-Central Market Kitchen N- HEB Vendor #15385, Austin, TX

-Conservatory Plano- 6401 Ohio Dr. Plano, TX

-Hilton Garden Inn- 23535 Northgate Crossing, Spring, TX

-Jack Ryan’s- 102 N. College Ave. Tyler, TX

-Jack Ryan’s- 119 N. Longview St. Kilgore, TX

-Johnny Tamale- 4647 E. Sam Houston, Pasadena, TX

-Marriott Conf. Center- 2801 St. Hwy 9, Norman OK

-Myron’s Prime Steakhouse- 10003 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX

-Prestonwood CC- 15909 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX

-Sea Ranch Restaurant- 1 Padre Blvd., S Padre Island, TX

-Sysco East Texas- 4577 Estes Pkwy, Longview, TX

-Sysco Foods Central Texas- 1260 Schwab R. New Braunfels, TX

-Sysco Food Houston- 10710 Greens Crossing Blvd, Houston, TX

-The Schooner- 1507 S, Hwy 69, Nederland, TX

Sushi has been getting dragged a bit of late, with the CDC recently warning against a parasitic disease called Anisakiasis, as cases have been slowly growing in the United States. Earlier this year, we also learned that half the sushi dishes in Los Angeles are actually mislabeled, and you’re not actually getting what you ask for.

The FDA is doing additional testing on the food coming out of Hilo Company, but if you think you’ve eaten at any of the listed places, make sure to get checked by a doctor, just in case.

Culture Hit-Or-Miss

Japan’s ‘Tuna King’ Pays More Than $600,000 For A Single Fish


Sushi entrepreneur Kiyoshi Kimura, also known as Japan’s “Tuna King”, has won at Tsukiji’s famous fish auction once again.

Kimura, the head of Japan’s Sushizanmai chain, paid more than a whopping $600,000 for a 212-kg (467-lb) Bluefin tuna at the first auction held at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, according to AsiaOne. Based on the price he paid, a single piece of tuna sushi would cost around $85, 25 times more than the $3.40 price he charges at his 51 stores spread all over Japan.

“I feel it was a bit expensive, but I am happy that I was able to successfully win at auction a tuna of good shape and size,” said Kimura.

The “Tuna King” was able to transition his successful chain into a national brand by paying massive amounts of money at Tsukiji’s first auction every year. Kimura has won six straight times including this year – which is also essentially and strategically used for publicity.


Image via Humanoid One

His most expensive purchase by far was a bluefin tuna he won at the same auction against a rival bidder from Hong Kong. He paid an eye-watering $1.8 million at the New Year’s auction held in 2013.

Although the prices look very intimidating, Kimura makes sure that he gets the most out from his purchase. To spread the word and place the spotlight on his business, Kimura announced on Japan’s major TV networks that the bluefin tuna will be cut and distributed among his many restaurants.

“As always, I want to buy the best one so that our customers can have it. That’s all,” Kimura said.

According to Daily Mail, the 2017 fish auction could be the last one at Tsukiji – the world’s largest fish market.

The event was supposed to be moved in another location in November of last year but it was put on hold because of toxic contamination concerns at the new site. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said that the move could be delayed until spring of 2018, but all plans remain indefinite.

Written by King Malleta | NextShark | Feature Image via Flickr / Tai-Jan Huang

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Sushi Donuts Might Be The Most Beautiful New Food Trend

California Sushi Donuts swung by the Foodbeast office last week to give us a live demonstration of their beautiful, one-of-a-kind concept: Sushi Donuts. A fusion of the popular Japanese dish and the iconic deep-fried breakfast ring, sushi donuts combine the functional aesthetics of donuts with the elevated reputation and delicate presentation of sushi.


Co-owners Anthony and Faez started their business earlier this year, making pop-up appearances at food festivals and events with the goal of ultimately opening a brick-and-mortar spot.

While the colorful dish looks pretty sweet, you better prepare your palates for something a little more on the savory side.


Sushi donuts essentially feature rice dyed with food coloring, which is then mixed with crab meat and placed in a donut mold. The ‘donut’ is then topped with popular sushi ingredients like tuna, salmon, shrimp, or cucumber and drizzled with wasabi or Sriracha aioli. A nearly-finished sushi donut is completed after its presented on a bed of nori.


Patrons can customize their orders based on color, protein, and other toppings.

If you’re based in Southern California, you can hit California Sushi Donuts up for catering or any other inquires. Just make sure to keep those camera batteries charged. You’re gonna want to grab a couple quick glamor shots before tearing into these bad boys.



10 Crucial Poke Spots Fueling The Poke Hype


Cubed Poke, located at Union Market Tustin | photo courtesy of 100eats

It’s definitely no secret that we are in the midst of a #pokexplosion. But fear not; this is a good thing. The more poke spots that open, the more opportunities you have to stuff your face with delicious, fresh fish. Here are some of the best spots whippin’ up killer poke… as well as other unique and tasty things, too.


Hawaiian style Poke bowls and creative Musubis at Cubed | photo courtesy of 100eats

Cubed Poke || Orange County, CA

Cubed rocks a big menu full of house creations, like the Yuzu Kisu Bowl (with fresh salmon, yuzu dressing, mango salsa, masago, edamame and chopped green onions over shredded cabbage) or the the PCH (with ponzu-marinated tuna, mango salsa, corn, green onions, and sesame seeds over hand-cut taro chips). But they don’t just rock because of their Hawaiian style Poke bowls. They’ve also got a variety of specialty musubis (like egg, bacon, & cheese as well as chicken tonkatsu with pickled radish). Wash whatever you may choose down with one of their authentic Hawaiian sodas or iced-tea. Basically what we’re saying is that you need to be there right this very minute.


Ceviche and Poke bowls at MAR, located within 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

MAR || Santa Ana, CA

If you’re sick of always having to get your poke on top of boring old white rice, don’t worry, MAR has you covered. Feel free to skip the white rice and pop your fish on top of a zucchini noodles & carrot base. And go ahead and grab a couple dozen side snacks while you’re there – like their fresh ceviche, a coconut shrimp taco, or even a surf ‘n turf quesadilla. OH yeah, and did we mention the Poke Fries? Fresh meets fried food in perfect harmony. Doesn’t get much better than that.


MAR’s Poke Fries at 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of Foodbeast

Poke-Ria || Santa Ana, CA

You know when you’re in Chipotle and you’re like, “This is great, but where’s all the raw fish?” Well, it’s at Poke-Ria, which is a build-your-own-poke-bowl bar. You’ll feel the Chipotle vibes when you load up your fish with tasty sides like roasted Peruvian corn and yuzu spray. Not feeling the standard poke vibe? Don’t you fret; they’ve got ceviche as well.


Build Your Own Poke Bowl at PokiNometry, Anaheim | photo courtesy of PokiNometry

PokiNometry || Anaheim, CA

Okay okay okay, you’re watching your carbs, whatever. At PokiNometry, you’ve got more than just rice to cradle your fish. Feel free to stick your poke on a base of chips or a wrap. There isn’t a soul that’s gone wrong with a delicious poke wrap, especially when you have fish options like octopus and scallops. If only I had studied PokiNometry in school.


Wiki Poki in Los Angeles | photo courtesy of Wiki Poki

Wiki Poki || Los Angeles, CA

The poke craze in California has gotten so nuts that you’ll find a ton of spots charging an arm and a leg – because, ya know, people will pay it. It’s nice to know that Wiki Poki has our backs with some of the cheapest poke you can find, and without a single shred of quality sacrifice. Build yourself a multi-fish bowl full of as many toppings you can, and don’t even worry about it; it’s all under ten bucks. And $2 musubi? Yes, please.

Sweetfin Poké || Santa Monica, CA

It’s hard to argue that any poke place in Los Angeles could possibly top Sweetfin. Everything is nutso-out-of-this-world quality, from the fish (tuna, salmon, albacore, and snapper) right down to the bases (bamboo rice, kelp noodle/cucumber slaw, and citrus kale). Mix and match your perfect bowl, then definitely grab a side of their furikake popcorn, and wash it down with a glass of their many house-infused iced teas.

Ono Seafood || Honolulu, HI

Ain’t no poke you ever had that melts in your mouth the way the poke at Ono Seafood does. This family-owned spot has been crushing it island-style for years now. Their spicy ahi will rock your world (in a good way). Their shoyu is heaven, and if tuna isn’t your jam, plunge your face into a bowl of their octopus poke. You’ll be glad you did.


Fresh Poke at South Maui Fish Co., Maui | photo courtesy of Wilder Shaw

South Maui Fish Co. || Maui, HI

We all know Hawaii is poke haven. If you find yourself on Maui, you’ll want to take a trip to the South Maui Fish Company – AKA a little cart near the beach. The fish is so fresh that whatever you eat was probably swimming around that morning. Make sure you order yourself a side of their coconut slaw to add that extra island kick. Aloha indeed.

Wisefish Poke || New York City, NY

Wisefish is the brainchild of two friends whose love of poke gave birth to this laid back little shop in Chelsea. Their build-your-own-bowl system will hook you up with all kinds of goodies (like sea beans and the most picturesque masago you’ve ever laid eyes on). You can also pop your bad-boy of a creation right on top a base of zucchini noodles if you’re not feeling like rice. And be sure to grab a side snack of their house crab salad or seaweed salad. Wisefish is a wise choice.


Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max Musubi, Seattle | photo courtesy of Sam Choy’s

Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max || Seattle, WA

Sure, Sam Choy’s poke truck will have you crying tears of happiness when you bite into their super authentic Hawaiian poke, but go ahead and take a gander at his “Reconstructed Musubi” – glazed spam, scrambled egg frittata, furikake, and rice wrapped in roasted seaweed and finished with creamy aioli, scallions, eel sauce, and sesame seeds. Not a spam lover? No problem, you can get down on their very banh mi-esque “Shrimp Love Boat Sandwich”, with panko-breaded popcorn shrimp, slaw, house-pickled veggies, spicy aioli drizzle, and cilantro on a Vietnamese baguette. Or just order everything on the menu. Why not?

Written by: Wilder Shaw | 100eats

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Contamination Scare Forces Bumble Bee To Recall Tuna


Bumble Bee is recalling cans of their popular tuna because of a possible contamination. The brand announced that they’ll be recalling three specific cans of the fish because of a possible contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens.

A total of 31,579 cases are being recalled that have been distributed nationally. They were produced in February 2016 and have a can code that begins with “T” with the example TOA2BSCAFB.

These are the labels you need to keep an eye out for with the “best by” dates.


Bumble Bee did note, however, that there have yet to be any reported illness from the recalled products. Guess it’s a good thing they caught the deviations as soon as they did.



More details on the recall can be found here.

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How Tuna Is Prepared Around The World

Seafood lies at the heart of any coastal community or island nation. Historically, cultural and geographical differences have shut sea creatures out of the cuisines of landlocked locales while inspiring creativity in others. Even before globalization and flash freezing made fish accessible, tuna had managed to work its way into diets across the globe.

Photo: Takashi Hososhima / Flickr

Here are a few of the easiest tuna recipes from around the world:

Poke – Hawaii

The idea of raw fish salad may sound off-putting, but in reality, Poke is a genuinely stunning salad. Originally this Hawaiian dish was made with fish scraps from raw, cubed yellowfin tuna and a plethora of condiments. In recent years, poke’s simple construction has reached a new level of sophistication.

Photo: Photoskate

Ahi Shoyu Poke

  • 1 lb. fresh ahi steaks, cut into cubed, bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (shoyu)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (tops included)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Maui onion (or yellow onion)
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 chili pepper, cored, seeded and diced (optional)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped toasted macadamia nuts (optional, as a substitute for inamona, which is difficult to find outside of Hawaii)

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, and mix lightly. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Recipe from Hawai’i Magazine

Ceviche – Peru

Are you ready for more raw tuna? Good.

Ceviche is the undisputed national dish of Peru that has inspired numerous variations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. While the OG recipe is over 2,000 years old and doesn’t discriminate against other types of fish, tuna tends to be favored.

Yummy! Photo: leyla.a

Ahi Tuna Ceviche

  • 1/2 pound Ahi tuna steak (sashimi grade if possible), diced
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon rice vinegar (I used O Yuzu rice vinegar, see Cook’s note)
  • 1/2 of a Serrano pepper, very thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 5 small leaves of fresh mint
  • sprinkle of black sesame seeds (optional)

In a medium bowl, mix soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, Serrano pepper, lime juice, mint, and sesame seeds.

Next, add diced tuna and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Recipe from The Enchanted Cook.

Canned Tuna – United Kingdom

Though the US consumes a significant amount of canned tuna, with only 20 percent of our population, the UK enjoys a surprisingly comparable tonnage. Brits love canned tuna more than colonialism or cricket combined. It would be remiss not to include a sandwich so integral to the British way of life.

tuna-prepared-sandwhich Wash it down with a pint. Photo: Parker-Knight

Tuna Cucumber Sandwich

  • One can of tuna fish in oil (preferably filet)
  • 3-4 tbsp of mayonnaise (or to your preference)
  • ⅛ cup diced onions OR 2 tsp of onion powder
  • ⅛ cup diced celery (optional, for peasants)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 2 tsp butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sliced white or sourdough bread

Open the can of tuna and strain excess oil using the lid. DO NOT use a strainer unless you greatly dislike flavor.

In a medium-sized bowl, mash chunks out of tuna with a fork, but don’t go crazy because this isn’t pate.

Add mayonnaise, onions and, if you really must, celery. Mix until combined, adding salt and pepper as you see fit.

Butter both slices of bread. Trust me.

Spread tuna mixture over a slice of bread and drape with cucumber slices.

Place the other slice atop the cucumbers. If you’re an adult not going to a tea party, don’t cut the crusts off.


Trader Joe’s Catching Heat For Allegedly Under-filling Tuna Cans


A class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s that claims the chain isn’t filling its tuna cans enough to meet federal standards.

These allegations specifically fall on the Albacore Tuna in Water Half Salt and Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil Salt Added. So the cans of tuna are five ounces in size. However, they’re only required by law to have at least 3 ounces of fish in them.

Allegedly, Trader Joe’s Tuna in Water Half Salt only average 2.43 ounces per can and its Tuna in Olive Oil Salt Added averaged 2.87. Neither of those averages meet the 3-ounce federal standard. While those numbers don’t seem like much, consumers are getting about 25 and 11 percent less fish than they’re expecting.

According to the lawsuit, every can of Trader Joe’s tuna the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested didn’t meet the fill requirement and was shy of 3 ounces.

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Learn How To Make A Santa Claus Sushi Roll


With the Christmas only a few days away, folks are scrambling to find some creative recipes to entertain friends and family with. What better to impress than Santa Sushi?

Our pal Make Sushi created this festive recipe that combines Japanese cuisine with the iconic Christmas figure. All you need are three crab sticks, a piece of Sashimi-grade tuna steak, two boiled carrots, cooked white sushi rice, cooked pink sushi rice, several Nori sheets, a sharp knife and a cutting board.

Check out the video below or go to Make Sushi’s site to see the complete recipe in extensive detail. Hopefully when we try our hand at this, it doesn’t come out looking like Krampus.

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Posted by Foodbeast on Thursday, December 10, 2015