About Maile Lani Esteban-Trinidad
Maile Lani Esteban-Trinidad is the principal attorney and shareholder of Thater Law Group, P.C. Born in Pearl City, Hawaii, Maile Lani is compassionate to the needs of Hawaiian residents and visitors. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada Reno. In 1999, she graduated cum laude from The American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where she served as Business and Development Editor for the American University International Law Review and as an advocate with American University’s distinguished International Human Rights Law Clinic. Maile Lani is admitted to practice in the State of Nevada and the State of Hawaii. She is also admitted to practice before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2001).
About Robins Cloud LLP
Robins Cloud LLP is a national law firm dedicated to helping families who have been harmed by large corporations. We help families who have been harmed by defective products and contaminated food products.
Maile Lani Esteban-Trinidad of The Thater Law Group, PC, a Honolulu law firm, and Robins Cloud LLP issue the following recall announcement:
Hepatitis A has again found its way to Hawai’i. On May 2, 2017, Tropic Fish Hawai‘i, LLC announced the recall of 2,300 pounds of frozen ahi tuna products as testing of the products found Hepatitis A contamination. These products, which were imported from Indonesia, were distributed to several places on the island of O’ahu. They were distributed between April 27, 2017 and May 1, 2017 to the following retailers:
- ABC Stores #38 (205 Lewers Street)
- Aloha Sushi Nimitz
- G.P. Hawaiian Food Catering
- Maili Sunset Bar & Grill
- Shima’s Market
- Times Aiea
- Times Kailua
- Times Kaneohe
- Times Kunia
- Times Liliha
- Times Mililani
- Times Waipahu
The products may have also been purchased by food service companies or restaurants.
The Recall Background
Tropic Fish Hawaii, LLC informed the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) that approximately 200 of their 15-pound cases of frozen ahi cubes was tested and potentially contaminated. The DOH confirms that 140 of those cases were recovered prior to retail sale. Currently, the DOH is working with Tropic Fish Hawaii, LLC.
According to the company’s President, Shawn Tanoue:
“Our normal procedure is to receive the test results prior to distribution, but unfortunately that did not happen with this particular shipment …We have corrected our procedures to ensure this will not happen again. I want to personally apologize to our customers and the public. We are a local company and pride ourselves in our work and in providing the highest-quality products.”
He further added, “[t]he test was being performed, and before the results came in, error in communication between the supplier and us, the product was released for sale.”
What to Do During This Time
The DOH recommends that Hawaiian residents and visitors of O’ahu, who may have eaten raw ahi tuna or poke, to be vigilant and monitor themselves for any symptoms of Hepatitis A. DOH’s State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park told the media that:
“Because it generally takes two weeks for those infected to develop symptoms of hepatitis A, vaccination or immune globulin can still provide some protection against the disease for those who may have been exposed in the last week …We remind those who received their first dose of hepatitis A vaccination during an earlier outbreak on Oahu to obtain their second dose for long term immunity.”
The symptoms of Hepatitis A can take up to 50 days to show, if they show at all. The general symptoms of a Hepatitis A infection include:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Grey-colored bowel movements
- Joint Pain
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin (Jaundice)
Children may not show any symptoms at all.
In the meantime, the DOH recommends immediate vaccination for anyone without a Hepatitis A vaccine. Dr. Park confirmed: “[i]t’s thought that if you do get vaccinated with that first dose right now in this early phase you could prevent the symptoms."
If you suspect that you or anyone you know may have Hepatitis A, hand washing is highly recommended. Also, it is a good idea to not share food or drinks with anyone. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is wise to take these precautions.
If you or someone you care for believes they may have become ill after ingesting ahi tuna or poke, urgent medical attention is highly recommended.
You can also visit us at UnsafeFoods.com or call us for answers to your questions, to address your concerns, and to help you understand the legal process at (808) 201-1213. Maile Lani Esteban-Trinidad of The Thater Law Group, PC in Honolulu, Hawai’i and the lawyers at Robins Cloud are actively investigating this recall.