The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning that a recent outbreak of more than 100 cases of salmonella poisoning may be linked to spicy tuna rolls. Sushi and other foods containing raw fish can easily become contaminated with salmonella bacterium, and a salmonella infection can be life-threatening. The FDA warns that the “rapid and expanding number of cases” extends to 19 states, and has resulted in at least 10 hospitalizations.
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UPDATE: April 2012 – YELLOWFIN TUNA SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
April 2012 — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Press Announcement to announce that Moon Marine USA Corporation will be voluntarily recalling nearly 59,000 pounds of frozen yellowfin tuna products labeled “Nakaochi Scrap AA or AAA.” The products may be contaminated by salmonella, and they may have caused a recent salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 116 people and caused 12 hospitalizations. The FDA is warning that smaller distributors may have broken down the product into smaller packages with lacks the Moon Marine label. This may make it difficult or impossible for managers at grocery stores or restaurants to identify the contaminated product. The FDA is warning the public to exercise caution when consuming sushi, sashimi, spicy tuna rolls, and any other food product that might contain raw yellowfin tuna.
Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella
Health officials are currently investigating an outbreak of salmonella across 19 states. The outbreak involves more than 100 people, of which 10 have been hospitalized. So far, there have been no deaths. The investigators are calling spicy tuna rolls “highly suspect,” though so far they have not conclusively determined the cause of the outbreak.
The FDA has been investigating cases between January 28, 2012 and April 2, 2012. It is possible that the outbreak is linked to six clusters of restaurants in five states, including Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Rhode Island.
The cases of salmonella food poisoning are spread out over 19 states, which include: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.
FDA and CDC Investigation of Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella Outbreak
CNN is reporting that word of the spicy tuna roll salmonella outbreak occurred when an internal memo was accidentally sent to everyone at the FDA.
The FDA is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to discover the root of the poisonings. At this time, they are not sure that spicy tuna rolls are the culprit. However,
Whenever there is an outbreak of food poisoning, CDC health investigators visit the sick people, interview them, and look for commonalities. Currently, the FDA is calling spicy tuna rolls “highly suspect.” Unfortunately, there has been a lag-time since the people got sick and when officials became aware of the outbreak. The outbreak began in January and has continued through April.
The FDA and the CDC have not conclusively identified the product that has been causing the salmonella outbreak. Once they know, they will issue a safety announcement, which may include a spicy tuna roll recall.
What is Salmonella?
LiveScience is reporting that the spicy tuna roll salmonella outbreak is caused by a rare type of salmonella bacteria called salmonella Bareilly. In the past, this strain caused a salmonella outbreak from contaminated bean sprouts.
Salmonella food poisoning occurs when a person ingests salmonella bacteria. These bacteria normally grow in the intestines of birds, animals, and humans. When contaminated fecal matter comes in contact with food, salmonella may be ingested by a human. It causes a serious gastrointestinal illness. There are approximately 12 varieties of salmonella that can cause illness.
The most common way that salmonella causes illness is when food is contaminated by fecal matter. This can occur when food handlers do not wash their hands after using the restroom, when contaminated foods are not cooked throughly (such as raw fish), when kitchen surfaces are not disinfected, and more. Raw eggs, poultry, fish, and meat can harbor salmonella. Foods may also become contaminated by water containing salmonella.
Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning
Initial symptoms of salmonella poisoning begin between 8-72 hours after consuming a contaminated food product. The first symptoms are usually abdominal cramps and nausea, followed by diarrhea and vomiting that may last for several days. One of the biggest risks is dehydration. Healthy adults usually see reduced symptoms within a few days, and a return to normal health within a week. However, for some people, salmonella poisoning can be life-threatening. Pregnant women, young children, older Americans, and people with compromised immune systems (such as those with cancer or HIV) are more likely to die from salmonella poisoning.
Salmonella poisoning is an emergency, and you should contact 911 whenever this serious condition is suspected. Salmonella poisoning symptoms may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Repeated diarrhea, which may be bloody
- Abdominal cramps
- Severe abdominal pain
- Irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract
If the salmonella poisoning was severe, it can take several months before normal bowel function returns.
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