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Salmonella-Tainted Sushi: 25 New Cases

by Daniel J. DeNoon

The CDC today reported 25 new cases of salmonella food poisoning linked to tainted tuna in sushi, sashimi, and ceviche.

That brings the total number of reported cases to 141 people. Many more people likely have fallen ill as only a fraction of outbreak cases get reported to the CDC. There have been 21 reported hospitalizations and no reported deaths.

Cases have been reported from 20 states. The 25 new cases are from Connecticut (1 new case), Georgia (1), Illinois (3), Louisiana (1), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (1), Mississippi (1), Missouri (2), New Jersey (1), New York (4), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (3), Texas (1), and Wisconsin (2).

Nearly 30 tons of tuna have been recalled by a California firm that imported the raw, frozen fish from India. The product is called Nakaochi Scrape.

It’s tuna scraped from the bones of the fish and looks like ground tuna, bringing to mind the “finely textured beef” product retrieved from beef bones better known as “pink slime.”

While Moon Marine Inc. USA (MMI) has recalled its Nakaochi Scrape, many groceries and restaurants may have received packages of the frozen product removed from their original boxes.

Many of the people sickened in the outbreak recall eating tuna sushi before falling ill. Many specifically recall eating dishes made with “spicy tuna.”

Because it takes weeks for cases to be reported to CDC, illnesses occurring after March 20 may not yet be reported.

 

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