December 7, 2016

Salmonella Outbreak, Food Fraud Make Tough Times For Tuna

Sorry Charlie, the last 12 months have been kind of rough for tuna. One year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen, raw yellowfin tuna product that sickened 425 people in 28 states before the CDC declared its end in July. A few months later, a study on food fraud revealed that tuna is one of the most commonly mislabeled fish, landing on consumers' plates only 40 percent of the time they thought they were buying it. Salmonella is the second leading cause of foodborne illness in the U.S., and the leading cause of hospitalizations and deaths that are food-related, according to the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  More than 370 Americans die from Salmonella poisoning every year. The tuna … [Read more...]

Tuna in School Lunches May Pose Danger to Children

The Mercury Policy Project has issued the first ever report on testing for mercury in tuna sold to the nation's schools. The report, titled "Tuna Surprise: Mercury in School Lunches", states that canned tuna is the largest source of methyl mercury in the U.S. diet and is a major source of mercury exposure for children." U.S. children eat twice as much tuna as they do of any fish or seafood. This high consumption rate, coupled with children's low body weights, can results in doses of mercury that exceed federal safety standards. No previous research has documented mercury levels in tuna served in schools. The Project bought 59 samples of canned tuna in 11 states around the country and tested them for mercury. The average mercury level in light tuna was 0.118 micrograms/gram, which was … [Read more...]

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