More than 100 people in 20 states have been sickened this week after a yellowfin tuna product used in sushi, sashimi and other dishes was infected with salmonella and then sold to grocery stores and restaurants.
The finding was released by the District of Colombia with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claiming 116 illnesses including 12 hospitalization reports but no deaths at this time.
Following the announcement Moon Marine USA Corp. of Cupertino, Calif. has voluntarily begun recalling 58,828 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna. The recalled product was labeled Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA.
Individual consumers are not able to purchase the product as a stand alone item but it is readily available in “spicy tuna” rolls, the main product consumers claimed to have purchased before getting sick.
The recall has included cases in various states including the following areas where illnesses have already been reported:
District of Columbia: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (5), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), As Georgia (5), Illinois (10), Louisiana (2), Maryland (11), Massachusetts (8), Mississippi (1), Missouri (2), New Jersey (7), New York (24), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (5), South Carolina (3), Texas (3), Virginia (5), and Wisconsin (12).
In any case much of the Tuna may have already been sold and consumed without further incidents as a memo to retails and restaurant owners states that their is usually a 30-day period between when a consumer becomes sick and when an issue is reported to health officials.
There is also worry that the yellowfish tuna product passed through various distributors and may no longer be clearly labeled once arriving at grocery stores and restaurants.
The FDA warns yellowfin tuna eaters to look for the following symptoms; diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food.
In what is likely the most common sense approach to dealing with the issue the FDA says buyers should inquire about the source of raw fish before they consume it.