Salmonella Food Poisoning from Tuna Sushi Cause of Outbreak

(Updated June 21, 2012) Food poisoning from contaminated raw tuna used in spicy tuna sushi, sashimi and similar products is the source of the Salmonella Bareilly outbreak that has sickened at least 116 people in 20 states and Washington DC. The outbreak has prompted a tuna recall by the processor, Moon Marine USA Corporation, a California firm. Our Salmonella lawyers have been contacted and are investigating this outbreak.

Below is information we have on the outbreak as of April 26, 2012 (from state and federal sources):

  • 376 confirmed Salmonella Bareilly cases in 20 states and Washington DC: Alabama (4), Arkansas (1), California (7), Colorado (1), Connecticut (11), District of Columbia (3), Florida (1), Georgia (18), Illinois (29), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Louisiana (6), Massachusetts (36), Maryland (39), Missouri (4), Mississippi (2), Nebraska (2), New Jersey (35), New York (58), North Carolina (12), Pennsylvania (34), Rhode Island (6), South Carolina (4), Tennessee (4), Texas (13), Virginia (22), Vermont (1), and Wisconsin (21);
  • 14 confirmed cases of Salmonella Nchanga in 5 states: Georgia (2), Maryland (1), New Jersey (2), New York (6), Texas (1), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (1);
  • Additional confirmed cases are expected (and we have been contacted by some of these people);
  • 47 people have been hospitalized;
  • The number of hospitalizations does not include the people who went to the emergency room but were not admitted to the hospital;
  • Raw tuna processed by Moon Marine USA Corporation (also known as MMI) of Cupertino, California caused the outbreak;
  • Moon Marine recalled 58,828 lbs of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA;
  • Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product;
  • Spicy tuna sushi, sashimi and similar items were purchased by victims at both grocery stores and restaurants;
  • The New York cases were mostly in New York City, and other cases were in the following counties: Nassau, Suffolk, Orange, Putnam and Westchester;
  • In Illinois, most of the people sickened live in Chicago, and other cases are from Cook County, McLean and Will counties;
  • In Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties have confirmed cases;
  • In South Carolina, Greenville , Newberry and Pickens counties have confirmed cases;
  • Most of the cases in Maryland are from the greater Baltimore area;
  • Illness onset dates range from January 1 to June 3, 2012; and
  • Ill persons range in age from 4 to 78 years, with a median age of 31.

If you have additional information or would like a free consultation with an attorney, contact our law firm at 1-888-377-8900. We represent Salmonella victims nationwide, and there are no fees unless you win your case.

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