Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuna Blamed in Salmonella Outbreak Is Recalled

www.online.wsj.com - April 16th, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday a California supplier of raw tuna used in sushi was behind a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in 20 states.
Moon Marine USA Corp. in Cupertino, Calif., has begun recalling 58,828 pounds of raw yellowfin tuna because it may be contaminated, the FDA said. Many of the people who became ill reported eating an item known as spicy tuna, the agency said, and most of the illnesses occurred in New York.

Much of the tuna linked to the outbreak was imported from India, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, with symptoms usually lasting four to seven days, the CDC said. About 400 people a year die of the infection, mostly young children and the elderly, according to the CDC.

An FDA spokesman said it was unclear how much of the tuna might still be on the market. The latest illnesses that federal officials are looking at were reported April 11, but there may be more, the CDC said. There is often a lag between the time of illness onset and the time it is reported to the CDC.

Moon Marine USA officials couldn't be reached for comment, and the FDA hasn't released the names of restaurants or grocery stores that may have sold the sushi containing the contaminated tuna.

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