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UPDATE: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Tuna

Moon Marine USA Corporation (MMI) out of Cupertino, CA has voluntarily recalled almost 59,000 pounds of Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA, a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product.

The product, backmeat from tuna that is actually scraped from the bones, may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, etc. in restaurants and in grocery stores.

The Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly, which has sickened 141 people in 20 states, including Georgia, and the District of Columbia. No deaths have been reported, however. There have been 21 hospitalizations. According to an FDA press release, many of the sickened people reported having eaten “spicy tuna,” which contained raw tuna.

If you have purchased a sushi dish that may contain the product in question, check with the restaurant or grocery store to ensure that it does not contain Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. If you are not sure, do not eat it.

Symptoms of Salmonella are diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramping from 12 to 72 hours after being infected with the bacteria. According to the FDA press release, illness can last from 4-7 days but most people can recover without being treated. There are instances, however, in which a sickened person should be hospitalized due to the severity of diarrhea, as the infection can spread from the intestines into the blood and other organs. These patients must be treated with antibiotics to avoid fatal consequences.

People who are at higher risk for illness include the very young, the elderly, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems. These people should not eat raw or undercooked fish or shellfish.

If you are concerned that you may have been sickened by eating the contaminated raw tuna scrape product, you should contact your healthcare provider.

For more information on the recall and steps to take as a consumer, see the FDA press release.

Ty Wilson is food poisoning attorney is Georgia. If you believe you have a foodborne illness-related claim, call 1-888-689-5224 to discuss your situation with Ty. Be sure to visit tywilsonlaw.com for articles and links to helpful information regarding foodborne illness.

Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.

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