Raw yellowfin tuna product associated with salmonella outbreak
in Illinois, 3 hospitalizations
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[April 16, 2012]
-- Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local and
federal public health agencies indicate that a frozen raw yellowfin
tuna product known as Nakaochi Scrape from Moon Marine USA Corp. is
the likely source of the salmonella Bareilly outbreak. Marine USA of
Cupertino, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 58,828 pounds of a
frozen raw yellowfin tuna product labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or
AAA. The Nakaochi Scrape is associated with an outbreak of 116 cases
of salmonella Bareilly in 20 states and the District of Columbia,
including 10 cases in Illinois.
The product is not available for sale to individual consumers, but
may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar
dishes available in restaurants and grocery stores. The product
looks like raw ground tuna. Consumers should not eat the recalled
product, and retailers should not serve the recalled raw Nakaochi
Scrape tuna product from Moon Marine USA.
Many of the people who
became ill reported eating raw tuna in sushi as "spicy tuna." If you
purchase "spicy tuna" or other sushi, sashimi, ceviche or similar
dishes that might contain Nakaochi Scrape from a restaurant or
grocery store, check with the establishment to make sure that it
does not contain raw recalled product from Moon Marine USA. When in
doubt, donít eat it.
Consumers who think they might have become ill from eating
possibly contaminated raw Nakaochi Scrape should consult their
health care providers.
Of the 10 reported illnesses in Illinois, there have been three
hospitalizations. Illness onset dates in Illinois range from Feb. 11
to March 19. Of the 10 cases in Illinois, six are in Chicago, one in
suburban Cook County, one in McLean County and two in Will County.
Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and
abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually
lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.
However, in certain cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the
patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the salmonella
infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then
to other body sites and can cause death unless these patients are
treated promptly with antibiotics.
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Infants, older adults, pregnant women and people with impaired
immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness
and should not eat raw or partially cooked fish or shellfish. If you
are unsure of your risk, ask your health care provider.
The Illinois Department of Public Health will continue to work
with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and
Drug Administration, and local health departments in Illinois to
investigate the outbreak and continue the surveillance to identify
Consumers or product sellers with questions about the recall can
contact the FDA at 888-INFO-FDA (888-463-6332). Reporters with media
inquiries can contact Curtis Allen with the FDA at
301-796-0393 or 301-500-8888.
Department of Public Health file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]