Yellowfin sushi connected to salmonella outbreak

Yellowfin sushi connected to salmonella outbreak (April 16, 2012)

Federal health regulators have linked a recent salmonella outbreak in several states, including 11 people infected in Maryland, to yellowfin tuna produced at a California company.

Moon Marine USA Corp. of Cupertino, CA., has voluntarily recalled more than 58,000 pounds of tuna labeled Nakaochi Scrape, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.  Nakaocho Scrape is tuna backmeat with a ground up appearance that is scraped from the bones of the fish.

The product isn't sold to individual consumers, but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and other dishes available at grocery stores and restaurants. The fish was sold through distributors to resturants and grocery stores that make these dishes.

The fish is associated with 116 cases of Salmonella Bareilly in 20 states.

The FDA said that consumers who consumed spicy tuna sushi, sashimi, ceviche or other dishes that might contain Nakaochi Scrape, to check with the grocery store or restaurant to make sure it doesn't have yellowfin tuna from Moon Marine, also known as MMI.

Consumers should not eat the fish if they are unsure where it came from, the FDA said.

People with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps w ithin 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people don't need treatment. In rare cases it can cause death. Infants, older people, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems may be are most at risk.