April 19, 2019

FDA Weighs In On Frozen Raw Ground Tuna Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA has released information about the frozen raw ground tuna Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened at least 13 people in 7 states. The tuna was sourced from Jensen Tuna, and imported from JK Fish of Vietnam. Jensen Tuna voluntarily recalled this tuna on April 15, 2019. The FDA statement says that it's unlikely the ground tuna was sold directly to consumers in grocery stores. They think that it was used to make food dishes, such as sushi and spicy tuna, by restaurants and retailers. The tuna was sold in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington state. The patients in this outbreak live in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington state. The tuna could have been distributed to other … [Read more...]

Jensen Tuna Recalls Frozen Raw Ground Tuna For Salmonella

Jensen Tuna of Louisiana is recalling frozen raw ground tuna imported form JK Fish because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. A Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened at least 13 people is linked to this recalled product. The product is individually packaged in clear plastic one-pound bags and is sold in white wax 20 pound boxes. This product is only sold as a wholesale case with twenty bags in each case. The lot numbers on the cases are z266, z271, and z272. The raw tuna was sold to wholesalers in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington. It was distributed from November 30, 2018 to March 15, 2019. Illness onset dates in the outbreak range from January 8, 2019 to March 20, 2019. As of today, the ground tuna samples public health … [Read more...]

Salmonella Newport Outbreak Linked to Frozen Raw Ground Tuna

A Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to frozen raw ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna has sickened at least 13 people in 7 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two people have been hospitalized. The case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Minnesota (1), New York, (1), North Dakota (4), and Washington (4). Illness onset dates range from January 8, 2019 to March 20, 2019. The patient age range is from 29 to 85 years. Jensen Tuna, based in Houma, Louisiana, has recalled their frozen raw ground tuna, which was imported from JK Fish. The tuna was sold in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington, and may have been distributed to other states. Anyone who orders sushi, from a restaurant or … [Read more...]

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...]

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