Sushi often contains raw fish (sashimi), which is served to customers without being cooked. Raw fish, sushi, and sashimi are one of the main culprits for Salmonella food poisoning, which can be fatal.
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UPDATE: Osamu Corp. Tuna Recalled After Sushi Salmonella Outbreak
July 22, 2015 — Osamu Corporation has issued yet another recall for Salmonella-tainted yellowfin tuna used in sushi after health officials in Minnesota reported two illnesses. Click here to read more.
June 9, 2015 — In an update from the CDC, frozen ground tuna products used in sushi have tested positive for Salmonella. A recall has been issued by the importer, Osamu Corporation of Gardena, California. Click here to read more.
May 22, 2015 — Raw tuna in sushi has been linked to at least 53 cases of Salmonella food poisoning in nine states since March, according to a warning from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Ten people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Click here to read more.
States that have reported cases include: Arizona (10), California (31), Illinois (1), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (1).
Yellowfin Salmonella Outbreak
In April 2012, the FDA reported that a recent outbreak of Salmonella had been linked to frozen yellowfin tuna products sold by Moon Marine USA Corporation. At least 116 people have been sickened, and 12 have been hospitalized.
Moon Marine recalled nearly 59,000 pounds of frozen yellowfin tuna marked “Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA.”
Unfortunately, it is very likely that the contaminated yellowfin tuna product has passed through several smaller, middle-men seafood distributors, which likely re-packaged the contaminated product in smaller packages. These packages may have no markings identifying them as the Moon Marine product, which can make it difficult or impossible for restaurants or grocery stores to identify contaminated products.
What is the problem?
Sushi is one of the main culprits in salmonella outbreaks, because sushi frequently contains raw fish. Any time raw or undercooked foods are eaten, there is a small risk of salmonella poisoning. Normally, cooking foods kills salmonella bacteria. However, even if you only ate cooked sushi, there is a chance that it could come in contact with contaminated, uncooked food products.
Salmonella does not normally live in fish. Instead, fish becomes contaminated by salmonella, which normally grows in fecal mater. The bacteria can live on the surface of uncooked fish for many hours.
How does the salmonella get onto the raw fish in sushi?
- Food handler does not wash his/her hands after using the bathroom, touches food
- Kitchen surfaces are not thoroughly disinfected
- Flies land in fecal matter and land on raw fish
- Water contaminated with salmonella comes in contact with raw fish
- Other foods that are contaminated with salmonella contact raw fish
Salmonella Food Poisoning
Salmonella is the name of a large group of bacteria, many of which can cause serious food poisoning or other illness (such as typhoid). A person who has suffered salmonella food poisoning has salmonellosis.
Salmonella grows inside the intestines of many livestock animals, domesticated animals, and humans. When fecal matter from humans or animals comes in contact with food, and then people ingest this food, they can contract salmonellosis. The most common types of food contaminated by salmonella are raw or undercooked meat, poultry, and seafood (raw fish, sushi, and sashimi). Undercooked eggs are also a common culprit.
- Repeated diarrhea, which may be bloody
- Abdominal cramps
- Severe abdominal pain
- Irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract
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