Yellowfin tuna used in sushi and sashimi dishes across the nation have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has made more than 100 people sick in 20 states.
At least 58, 828 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna have been recalled by the Moon Marine USA Corp. after 116 people reportedly became ill, with 12 having to be hospitalized due to their symptoms. No deaths have occurred, reported the Associated Press.
Raw yellowfin tuna product was labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. The meat is scrapped off fish bones and looks like ground product.
The FDA said it doesn't consider the product as safe as cooked seafood.
Because raw seafood is not fully cooked to assure that pathogens are destroyed, said the FDA, further stating that the handling of raw seafood can also affect the safety of the product.
Individuals are not allowed to buy the raw yellowfin tuna product. Restaurants and grocery stores use yellowfin tuna to make sushi and sashimi dishes. According to the FDA, many people became ill after eating popular dish spicy tuna made with the yellowfin tuna product.
Common symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 72 hours of eating the food. There is often a 30-day lag time of when people get sick and when their cases are reported to health officials.
The yellowfin tuna product may have passed through several distributors before reaching the market level. It may not have been clearly labeled.
The FDA warned that the tuna may have been been broken into unmarked sublots and may not be readily identifiable, consumers should take precautions in choosing to eat raw Nakaochi Scrape and be sure that it is not from the implicated lots.
The FDA recommends being cautious about eating raw food and holds fast to the principle of when in doubt, don't eat it.
The following states and the District of Columbia have announced salmonella cases (number of cases included in parenthesis) according to the Associated Press.
District of Columbia (2)
New Jersey (7)
New York (24)
North Carolina (2)
Rhode Island (5)
South Carolina (3)