June 26, 2022

Will Two Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Tuna and Melons Grow?

There are currently two Salmonella outbreaks that have sickened at least 130 people in the U.S.: one is linked to precut melons supplied by Caito Foods, and the other to raw ground frozen tuna supplied by JK Fish and imported by Jensen Tuna. The latest updates for these outbreaks were released in April 2019. Will these Salmonella outbreaks grow?

Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Raw Tuna and Precut Melon

It takes two to four weeks from the time a person eats contaminated food, starts feeling sick, sees their doctor, is tested, and gets the results. The illness is then reported to the government, and isolates from that patient may be sent to PulseNet, the national sub typing network of public health laboratories.

The only new information provided in 3-1/2 weeks in the raw tuna outbreak was that the FDA has added JK Fish of Vietnam to an  Import Alert. That means that foods from that importer can be held at the border without inspection.

There are 13 people in 7 states sick in the raw ground tuna outbreak. Most of those patients said they ate sushi made with tuna, or spicy tuna at restaurants or purchased at grocery stores the week before they got sick. Jensen Tuna recalled frozen ground tuna on April 15, 2019. It was distributed in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington, but may also have been distributed further in other states.

And there are 117 people in 10 states sick in the precut melon and fruit medley outbreak, which has not been updated since April 24, 2019. On April 12, 2019, Caito Foods recalled pre cut watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and pre-cut fruit medley products that were sold at Kroger, Target, Trader Joes, Walmart, and Amazon/Whole Foods in  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

If you have been ill with the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning, which include nausea, vomiting, abdominal and stomach cramps, fever, chills, and diarrhea, and have eaten either raw tuna or precut melons, see your doctor. You may be part of these Salmonella outbreaks.

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