June 24, 2022

Update on the Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Nakaochi Scrape

The CDC has released more details about their investigation into the Salmonella Bareilly outbreak that has sickened 116 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nakaochi Scrape, which is tuna scraped from the bone and chopped, from Moon Marine USA Corporation is "the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly infections", according to the government. The CDC interviewed 53 of the patients about what they ate the week before they got sick. Forty-three of them (81%) reported eating sushi. This proportion is significantly higher than indicated in a FoodNet Survey conducted by the CDC for the years 2006 to 2007. In that report, on page 20, 5.3% of healthy adults reported consuming sushi in the past seven days. Of those 43 people, 39, or 91%, reported eating a sushi … [Read more...]

Tuna Sushi Salmonella Outbreak: Tracking The Source

The months-long search for the origin of the multi-state Salmonella outbreak ended yesterday with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement that frozen, raw, yellowfin tuna product from Moon Marine USA Corporation of Cupertino, Calif. is the source of the outbreak. State and federal investigators have been working since January to identify the source of the Salmonella Bareillyoutbreak that has sickened at least 116 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Food Poisoning Bulletin (FPB) asked Michael Batz, Head of Food Safety Programs at the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute, if he was surprised at how long the investigation into the source of the outbreak took. “I am not surprised at how long it took. Tracking down a source of an outbreak is … [Read more...]

Moon Marine USA Corporation Recalls Frozen Raw Yellowfin Tuna Product

Moon Marine USA of Cupertino, California is voluntarily recalling 58,828 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna product that is linked with the outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly that has sickened 116 people across the country. Fourteen people have been hospitalized in the outbreak. The FDA's Curtis Allen stated, "We have traced the illness back to certain lots of tuna scrape from Moon Marine. There could still be some out there, but we hope it won't be out for long." The tuna is called "Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA" and is made from tuna backmeat that is scraped from the bones of the fish. The FDA report states that the product isn't for sale to individuals, but sold to restaurants and grocery stores. It is commonly used to make spicy tuna rolls and other recipes that are made with ground or … [Read more...]

Salmonella Bareilly Outbreak Has Now Sickened 116 In 20 States, Tuna Sushi Suspected

The Salmonella Bareilly outbreak has now sickened 116 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released April 11. The update reflects an increase of 16 case patients and one state since the previous update on April 6. The new state is Florida and the new cases are from the following  states: Florida (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (4), Missouri (1), New York (1), Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island (1), and Wisconsin (3). The total case count by state now stands at: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (5), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Illinois (10), Louisiana (2), Maryland (11), Massachusetts (8), Mississippi (1), Missouri (2), New Jersey … [Read more...]

Salmonella Bareilly Cases Occur But Are Uncommon in Texas

Three Texas residents are part of the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 100 people in 19 states, but this isn’t the first time Texas has had reported cases of the unusual outbreak strain Salmonella Bareilly. From 2009-2011, an average of 14 cases of Salmonella Bareilly were reported annually to the Texas Department of State Health Service, Chris Van Deusen, Assistant Press Officer, told Food Poisoning Bulletin. The most recent case, prior to the current investigation, was in December 2011, he said. State and federal officials have been investigating the outbreak since January, but have been unable to determine a source. In interviews with investigators, case patients in several states reported eating sushi, sashimi and other foods made with raw fish, according to a report from … [Read more...]

How Can Sushi Tuna Be Contaminated with Salmonella?

Tuna that is used for sushi is supposed to be impeccably fresh so it is safe(r) to eat. The best sushi restaurants have chefs that buy and personally inspect each piece of tuna to make sure it's of the highest quality. The latest food poisoning outbreak in the U.S. is caused by Salmonella Bareilly, a rare strain of bacteria. Investigators are narrowing in on sushi, especially sushi made with tuna, as the cause. So how could tuna be contaminated with Salmonella? Food Poisoning Bulletin talked to Dr. Ted Johnson, professor of biology and Director of the Health Professions committee at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, about this issue. Dr. Johnson said that tuna does not naturally carry Salmonella, unlike chickens and cows. "The bacteria had to come from another source," he … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Hospitalizes 14, Sushi Suspected

At least 14 people, not 10 as reported Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have been hospitalized by the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 100 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia, Food Poisoning Bulletin has learned. Information gathered from a number of state health departments reveals that the number of those hospitalized by the outbreak caused by the rare pathogenic strain Salmonella Bareilly is 40 percent larger than the number reported Friday. Although state and federal health officials have been investigating the outbreak since January, a definite source has not been determined. However, during interviews with investigators, many case patients reported easting sushi prior to becoming ill, according to the CDC. According … [Read more...]

Suspected Sushi Salmonella Outbreak Hospitalizes Two in Louisiana

Two people from Louisiana were hospitalized by the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 100 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia, a Louisiana health department spokesperson told Food Poisoning Bulletin today. According to the lastest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued April 6, two residents of Louisiana were among the 100 confirmed case patients sickend by a rare strain of Salmonella called Salmonella Bareilly. Both of those patients are from the southeastern part of the state and both required hospitalization after becoming ill between February 14 and February 18 2012, the spokesperson said. State and federal health officials have been collaborating since January to determine the source of the outbreak, but have not yet … [Read more...]

Grocery Stores and Restaurants Involved in Salmonella Bareilly Outbreak Not Named by CDC

Both grocery stores and restaurants sold sushi, sashimi and similar products to some of the people sickened in the Salmonella Bareilly outbreak that has sickened over 100 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Jim Beasley, Public Information Director for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, told Food Poisoning Bulletin that at least one of the three confirmed Salmonella Bareilly cases in that state ate sushi, sashimi or another product containing raw tuna that had been purchased from a grocery store. According to the initial Salmonella Bareilly outbreak announcement from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35 of the 51 case patients with available information at the time reported consuming sushi, sashimi, or similar foods in the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Bareilly Outbreak Grows to 100 Cases

The CDC has updated the case numbers in the nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly. Now 100 people have been sickened with the outbreak strain of that rare bacteria. This is the official case distribution from the CDC:Alabama (2)Arkansas (1)Connecticut (5)District of Columbia (2)Georgia (4)Illinois (9)Louisiana (2)Maryland (10)Massachusetts (4)Mississippi (1)Missouri (1)New Jersey (7)New York (23)North Carolina (2)Pennsylvania (3)Rhode Island (4)South Carolina (3)Texas (3)Virginia (5)Wisconsin (9) The case count increased from April 5 to April 6, 2012 in the following states:Connecticut (1)Illinois (1)New Jersey (1)Pennsylvania (1)Wisconsin (1)Maryland (2) The Alabama Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin on April 6, 2012 that there is one additional probable … [Read more...]

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