More Illnesses Reported in Sushi Salmonella Outbreak

Another 25 illnesses have been reported in the ongoing sushi Salmonella outbreak that spans 20 states and Washington DC.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the 25 new cases of Salmonella poisoning are linked to contaminated tuna that was used in sushi, sashimi, and ceviche, said WebMD.

As of today, the total number of those sickened has risen to 141, which includes 21 hospitalizations, which prompted a recall of 30 tons of tuna by a firm in California that imported the raw, frozen tuna—known as Nakaochi Scrape—from India, wrote WebMD.

As we recently wrote, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Moon Marine USA Corporation recalled frozen, raw yellowfin tuna product. The Associated Press (AP) noted that that there could be a 30-day lag from consumption of tainted yellowtail until Salmonella poisoning is reported to health officials, which confirms what WebMD noted and we’ve long explained: That it can take some time from consumption of a tainted food to manifestation of illnesses.

The Nakaochi Scrape linked to the multi-state outbreak of the Salmonella Bareilly pathogen was originally distributed by Moon Marine USA Corporation, also known as (AKA) MMI of Cupertino, California. The tuna product, labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat that is specifically scraped from the bones and looks like a ground product.

The recall is complex because Salmonella Bareilly is a rare strain of the pathogen and, the recalled Nakaochi Scrape, although not available for individual consumer sale, is used in the making of sushi, sashimi, ceviche, and other similar dishes that are purchased from grocery stores or ordered at restaurants and was

The FDA advises consumers purchasing spicy tuna or other sushi, sashimi, ceviche, or similar dishes potentially containing Nakaochi Scrape from a restaurant or grocery store to check with the establishment to ensure the food does not contain any raw, recalled product from Moon Marine USA Corporation, AKA MMI.

Product sellers, including distributors and restaurants, should consult their suppliers to determine if the Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA in their possession originated from Moon Marine USA Corporation, AKA MMI. The redistributed product may not be accompanied by lot numbers or labeling information.

The FDA is collaborating with the CDC and state and local partners and is working closely with MMI.

CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said in a statement to CNN that “on initial interviews, many of the ill persons reported consuming sushi, sashimi, or similar foods in a variety of locations in the week before becoming ill.” WebMD pointed out that many of those who reported consuming sushi noted that they had eaten spicy tuna.

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