Foodstuffs has recalled a batch of its fresh trevally fillets after they are suspected to have given two people histamine poisoning.

According to the Ministry for Primary Industries website, histamine, or scombroid, poisoning is due to a buildup of toxins that occurs when certain types of fish, including kahawai, mackerel, tuna, bonito and butterfly kingfish, have not been chilled adequately.

Symptoms can include tingling and burning around the mouth, facial flushing, diarrhoea, skin rash, nausea, abdominal cramps and vomiting, and can last for 12 hours.

Foodstuffs has initiated a voluntary recall of their in-store processed trevally fish fillets sold before March 6 and with a best before date up to March 7.


A spokeswoman said two people had potentially contracted histamine poisoning as a result.

Affected products were sold in New World, Pak'nSave and Four Square stores throughout the Upper North Island.