December 12, 2018

Top 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2017: Salmonella Associated with Raw Tuna or Salmon

A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak associated with raw tuna or salmon sickened at least 30 people in seven states, and was the 7th largest food poisoning outbreak of 2017. This outbreak investigation developed gradually in the fall of 2017. This outbreak has not been solved. Relish Foods recalled raw frozen tuna loins and tuna steaks in mid-October, but the outbreak strain of Salmonella bacteria was not found on those products. Ill persons live in Washington, Oregon, Texas, Florida, California, Hawaii, and New Jersey. The outbreak investigation began when five Salmonella cases were reported to public health officials in late August, 2017. The DNA from the bacteria in all of these cases matched. Then in early September, Oregon Health Authority found 12 additional cases with … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Raw Tuna: How Does it Get Contaminated?

A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak associated with raw tuna or salmon was reported by the Clark County Health Department in Washington state on October 26, 2017. At least 30 people in 7 states have been confirmed ill with the outbreak strain of Salmonella. All are sick with the same strain. This outbreak was gradually uncovered during the month of September and into October, 2017. Out of fourteen people who were interviewed by officials, eleven said they ate raw seafood before they got sick. That's a much higher percentage than the number of people who eat sushi in a week in the general population, and is considered epidemiologic evidence of a probable cause. Relish Foods recalled raw frozen tuna loins and tuna steaks last week, and Salmonella was found on those products. But the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Paratyphi Outbreak Associated With Raw Tuna Sickens 30

A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak associated with raw tuna or salmon was announced at a Clark County health board meeting in Washington state. During that meeting, on October 26, 2017, Madison Riethman, an applied epidemiology fellow at that department, said that illnesses in at least 30 people in 7 states have been confirmed. The information was presented in a slide show. On August 29, 2017, five cases of Salmonella were reported to Clark County Public Health's Communicable Disease team. Three of five cases were interviewed that week, but no common exposures were found. Then, on September 8, lab tests on the Salmonella bacteria from all five cases came back with the same DNA fingerprint. On that day Oregon Health Authority found 12 more Salmonella cases with the same DNA. Out of … [Read more...]

Frozen Raw Tuna Sickened 65 with Salmonella

A Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen, raw tuna used for sushi and other dishes made its way through 11 states last summer, sickening 65 people and hospitalizing 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials linked the outbreak to frozen, yellowfin tuna produced by Osamu Corporation at a processing plant in Indonesia. The company issued two recalls. One on July 20, 2015, the other on July 21, 2015. Most of those who became ill reported eating sushi made with raw tuna in the week prior. They reported onset of illness dates ranging from March 5, 2015 to July 20, 2015. Case patients, who ranged in age from younger than 1 year to 83 years old, had a  median age of 31. Fifty four percent were male. Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal … [Read more...]

CDC Advice About Raw Tuna Salmonella Outbreak

The outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate_(+) and Salmonella Weltevreden infections linked to frozen raw tuna may be over, but this product has a long shelf life and could still be in freezers, both in consumers' homes and in restaurants. The CDC has advice about this product and the outbreak. Retailers should not sell of serve any of the recalled frozen tuna products from one processing plant in Indonesia. It was imported by Osamu Corporation, sold throughout the U.S., and was recalled. All frozen tuna, including loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms, with the four digit purchase order numbers 8563 through 8599 are recalled. They were sold from May 9, 2014 to July 9, 2015. In addition, one lot of frozen yellowfin tuna chunk meat distributed to AFC … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen, Raw Tuna Ends

A Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen, raw tuna used for sushi and other dishes has ended after sickening 65 people in 11 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eleven people were hospitalized. Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in young children, seniors, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Health officials linked the outbreak frozen yellowfin tuna produced by Osamu Corporation at a processing plant in Indonesia. The company issued two recalls one on July 20, the other on July 21. Most of those who became ill reported eating sushi made with raw tuna in the week prior. One person who … [Read more...]

Salmonella Raw Tuna Outbreak Sickens 62 in 11 States

The Salmonella Paratyphi outbreak that has been linked to sushi made with raw tuna has now sickened 62 people in 11 states. Osamu brand raw frozen tuna has been recalled in connection with this outbreak in Minnesota. Eleven people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. The outbreak is caused by Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) bacteria, formerly known as Salmonella Java. Most ill people reported eating sushi made with raw tuna the week before they got sick. The case count by state is: Arizona (11), California (34), Illinois (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (1). Illness onset dates range from March 5, 2015 to July 7, 2015. The age range is from … [Read more...]

Osamu Recalls Frozen Tuna Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Osamu Corporation is recalling all of its frozen tuna sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia that is linked to a Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health investigators found the outbreak strain of Salmonella in unopened packages of the product. The recalled tuna includes loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms. This tuna was sold in bulk packaging to distributors who then sold it to sushi restaurants and grocery stores that made packaged sushi rolls for customers to purchase and take home. The tuna was sold throughout the country from May 9, 2014 to July 9, 2015 with all sequential four digit Purchase Order Numbers 8563 through 8599. Consumers who are concerned about whether or not they purchased this product should check with the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Frozen Tuna Grows Again

Seven more people are sick with Salmonella infections in the multistate outbreak linked to frozen raw tuna. Now at least 60 people are sick with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) in eleven states. Eleven people have been hospitalized in this outbreak; no deaths are reported. Most of the ill persons reported eating sushi made with raw tuna the week before they got sick. The Minnesota Department of Health isolated the outbreak strain of Salmonella from samples of unopened frozen raw tuna collected from a Minnesota grocery store. This product was imported from Indonesia. The outbreak case count by state is: Arizona (11), California (34), Illinois (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), … [Read more...]

Another MN Salmonella Outbreak: Raw Tuna

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced that two Minnesota residents sickened with salmonellosis are linked to frozen raw tuna. They are part of a larger national outbreak that was linked to spicy tuna rolls purchased at a grocery store and workplace cafeteria. The outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in sealed bags of frozen raw tuna from the lot used to make the spicy tuna rolls eaten by one of the patients. This tuna was packaged in frozen, vacuum-sealed bags without a brand name. The labels identify the product: lot number 68568 and Indonesia as the country of origin. The tuna was distributed by Osamu Corporation of Gardena, California. Retail stores should not sell and consumers should not eat tuna from this lot. Grocery stores should check their supply for … [Read more...]

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