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Salmonella Bareilly Tainted Tuna Toll Hits 141

TunaPink.jpgA total of 141 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly have been reported from 20 states and the District of Columbia.  21 ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.  The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (6), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), Georgia (6), Illinois (13), Louisiana (3), Maryland (14), Massachusetts (9), Mississippi (2), Missouri (4), New Jersey (8), New York (28), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (6), Rhode Island (5), South Carolina (3), Texas (4), Virginia (8), and Wisconsin (14).

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 Corporation is the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly infections. Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat that is scraped from the bones of tuna and may be used in sushi, sashimi, ceviche, and similar dishes. The product looks like raw ground tuna.

  • Paul F Schwarz

    Looks like i will add sushi to my ‘not to eat list’ as well as Jimmy John’s, Taco Bell and others previously mentioned. What does it take to have our food safe!
    Section 51 Row 1 Grave 3 Ft Leavenworth/Leavenworth National Cemetery

  • http://www.jeanterranovalaw.com Jean Terranova

    Although we’ve probably been eating tons of it without incident, I can’t help but wonder if “tuna scrape” is inherently dangerous. The act of scraping so close to the bone and skin seems to raise a serious risk of introducing blood, bacteria, and other toxins. And when you throw all this into a hopper, you risk having one or more sources contaminate the whole batch. Add to this that the mass is then frozen and served raw, and it seems pretty scary.