Sushi made with frozen tuna imported from Indonesia has sickened two people in Minnesota and dozens of others in 10 other states. The frozen tuna, imported by Osamu Corp. of Gardena, CA, is contaminated with Salmonella.
The case patients in Minnesota, both from the Twin Cities metro area, are in their 30s. Although they became ill with symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, including fever, nausea, vomiting, chills and diarrhea, neither of them required hospitalization. Eleven others who are part of the multistate outbreak were hospitalized.
The tuna product, packaged in frozen, vacuum-sealed bags without a brand or other name, was distributed to grocery stores, restaurants and institutional kitchens. One of the Minnesota case patients purchased spicy tuna rolls at a grocery store, the other at a workplace cafeteria.
The outbreak investigation in Minnesota and nationally is ongoing. Consumers at highest risk for food poisoning from Salmonella are children under 5, adults over 65, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.