May 24th, 2012:Raw Scraped Ground Tuna Outbreak

As of May 17, 2012, there have been 316 individuals infected with a strain of the foodborne pathogen, Salmonella from a tuna product that has the potential to be infected with the pathogen.  304 of the individuals have been infected with Salmonella Bareilly and the remaining 12 with Salmonella Nchanga.  It is believed that these individuals were infected from packages of frozen yellow fin tuna scrape from Moon Marine USA Corporation. 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), on April 13th, Moon Marine (India) Pvt. Ltd. recalled 58,828 lbs of a frozen raw yellow fin tuna product, labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA.  Subsequently on May 10th, Moon Marine expanded their recall to include 22-pound boxes of “Tuna Strips.”

The 316 infected persons are from 26 states and the District of Colombia and have a median age of 30.  At least 37 people have been hospitalized.  To see a map showing how many people were infected from each state, click here.  Or click here, to see a timeline of events of the outbreak.  Both links are from the CDC.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacterium capable of causing a serious and sometimes life-threatening infection known as salmonellosis.  One of the most common foodborne illnesses, it occurs when food contaminated by Salmonella is consumed.

Salmonella Symptoms

Symptoms of Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear within 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food.

Diagnosis of Salmonella Infection

If you suspect that you have contracted Salmonella or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Salmonella infection.

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If you or a loved one are diagnosed with salmonellosis, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can fill out a free legal case evaluation on the left side of this page, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.