Yellowfin Tuna Recalled: Salmonella Outbreak
Don’t head to your favorite sushi joint for lunch today just yet (for one thing, you can get plenty of tax break lunches as it is). There has been a salmonella outbreak that is affecting over 20 states; keep reading to learn more about the dangers and what you need to know about the FDA’s comments on the outbreak. More after the jump…
Yellowfin tuna is the latest salmonella culprit according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The administration announced that Moon Marine USA Corporation of California will recall nearly 60,000 pounds of a frozen yellowfin tuna product called Nakaochi Scrape. This product (much of it coming from India) is sold to restaurants and grocery stores to make sushi, sashimi and a variety of other raw fish menu items. It is said that 116 people have gotten sick with 12 individuals being hospitalized.
There have been reported cases in 20 states, with the majority being reported in New York, Wisconsin, Maryland and Illinois. Other states affected are Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
The infection lasts for 3-7 days; the FDA says that uncooked fish is always a risk. Children, pregnant women and the elderly are particularly susceptible. The FDA hasn’t offered up the names of restaurants/grocery stores that may have sold the contaminated tuna.
There were signs of this outbreak more than two months ago; the FDA is now putting the word out to consumers.
What do you think of this news? Do you believe that the FDA should have addressed this issue sooner? Does this change your views of sushi or raw fish in general? Let us know in the COMMENTS!
Until next time,