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CDC: 316 Ill in Multistate Outbreak Linked to Sushi Tuna

Salmonella infections reported in 26 states and Washington D.C.

Food Safety News

by Mary Rothschild | May 18, 2012

The number of confirmed cases of Salmonella poisoning from frozen raw tuna used primarily to make sushi has jumped by 58 to 316, and two more states have reported cases related to the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

The outbreak is now spread over 26 states and the District of Columbia, with Colorado and Vermont each for reporting tuna-linked illnesses for the first time. Onset of the most recent confirmed case was May 3, the CDC said.

According to this latest update on the investigation, tests conducted by public health labs in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Caroline and Wisconsin isolated Salmonella from 53 (96 percent) of 55 samples taken from intact packages of frozen yellow fin tuna distributed by Moon Marine USA Corp. or from sushi prepared with the tuna product, which is known as "scrape."

Scrape appears to be chopped or minced tuna. Traditionally, however, it is bits of tuna scraped from the backbone after a fish has been filleted.

Continue reading, "CDC: 316 Ill in Multistate Outbreak Linked to Sushi Tuna" at Food Safety News.

More on this outbreak: Moon Marine Co. Yellowfin Tuna Sushi Salmonella Outbreak

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