Tainted 'Spicy Tuna' Linked to Salmonella

More than 100 have fallen ill as chain recalls yellowfin product
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 14, 2012 1:04 PM CDT
Tainted 'Spicy Tuna' Linked to Salmonella
The tainted yellowfin was sold to restaurants and stores for use in dishes like sushi and sashimi.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

(Newser) – A yellowfin tuna product used to make dishes like sushi and sashimi sold at restaurants and grocery stores has been linked with an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Moon Marine USA of Cupertino, Calif., also known as MMI, is voluntarily recalling 58,828 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna. It was labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA when sold.

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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 stores. Many of the people who became ill reported eating raw tuna in sushi as "spicy tuna," the FDA said. Reports of the foodborne illness caused by salmonella bareilly have mainly come from the Eastern Seaboard and South, though cases have been reported as far west as Missouri and Texas. The FDA said 116 illnesses have been reported, including 12 people who have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. (Read more yellowfin tuna stories.)

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