December 11, 2016

Largest Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks 2015: #4 Tuna

The fourth-largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of the year was a Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen raw tuna used for sushi and other dishes. The outbreak sickened 65 people in 11 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eleven people were hospitalized. 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. Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal infection. Young children, seniors, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which usually develop within six to 72 hours of infection,  include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and … [Read more...]

Imported Tuna in Sushi Sickens Two in Minnesota with Salmonella

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 … [Read more...]

CDC Looks for Outbreak Strain in Raw Ground Tuna, Finds Other Salmonella

Health officials in Arizona, where at least 10 people are part of a multistate raw ground tuna outbreak, tested some suspect product for Salmonella and found, not the outbreak strain, but two other strains of the bacteria, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  A search of the PulseNet database did not reveal any reported illnesses associated with the strains and a recall has been issued for the ground tuna product imported from Indonesia by Osamu Corp. As of June 4, no new illnesses have been reported in the outbreak which includes 53 people in nine states infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) also called Salmonella Java. Ten people have been hospitalized. Health officials have not … [Read more...]

Tuna Sushi Salmonella Outbreak Includes Clark County, WA Woman

The tuna sushi Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 53 people in nine states includes one woman from Clark County, Washington.  The woman ate sushi made with raw tuna during a visit to Vancouver, Arizona in April, according to a report in The Columbian. Ten people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, which includes patients from South Dakota, Wisconsin, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Mississippi, Illinois, Virginia and Washington. Those sickened reported onset of illness dates ranging from March 5, 2015 to May 3, 2015. A common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified, so there are no recommended precautions for restaurants, retailers, or consumers. But the CDC recommends that those at high risk of food poisoning including children under 5, seniors, pregnant women … [Read more...]

Raw Tuna Salmonella Outbreaks Strike 5 States Twice

For the second time in three years, a Salmonella outbreak has been linked to raw tuna and five states have been part of both outbreaks. Residents of California, Mississippi, Virginia, Wisconsin and Illinois were part of the 2012 outbreak linked to a raw ground tuna product called tuna scrape and the current outbreak. In 2012, 425 people in 28 states were part of the outbreak which was the largest of 2012. Fifty five people were hospitalized.  The product, called tuna scrape or Nakaochi Scrape, because it is scraped from the bones of the fish, was used to make sushi, sashimi and other seafood dishes.  It was produced in India and distributed in the US by Moon Marine USA Corporation. Health officials have not identified the specific source of the tuna in this outbreak and do not have … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Raw Tuna Sickens 53 in Nine States

Raw tuna is the likely source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 53 people in nine states, according to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ten people have been hospitalized. Those sickened reported onset of illness dates ranging from March 5, 2015 to May 3, 2015. A common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified, so there are no recommended precautions for restaurants, retailers, or consumers. But the CDC recommends that those at high risk of food poisoning including children under 5, seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. Despite its name, the rare outbreak strain Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+),  does not cause paratyphoid fever, enteric fever, or typhoid fever. Symptoms of an infection … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Tuna Sushi Sickens 9 in Arizona

A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak linked to raw tuna sushi has sickened nine people in Arizona, three of whom have been hospitalized, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Several other states are investigating outbreaks of the same strain including California and New Mexico. Arizona health officials say a rare strain of Salmonella paratyphi in raw minced or ground tuna used to make spicy tuna rolls and other sushi is the likely source. The nine Maricopa County cases reported onset of illness between April 3rd to April 16th. “We are early into the investigation, but from the interviews we have completed with those who have gotten sick, there are multiple restaurants involved,” said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health. … [Read more...]

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