Our national food safety law firm is representing people sickened after eating spicy tuna rolls and similar products made with Salmonella-contaminated scrape tuna imported by MOON MARINE USA CORPORATION (hereinafter Moon Marine), a foreign corporation with its principal place of business in California. We are taking action against Moon Marine on behalf of our clients to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and other damages.
Our first sushi roll lawsuit against Moon Marine was filed on May 10, 2012, on behalf of a woman from Massachusetts who contracted a severe Salmonella Bareilly infection. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, Boston Division (case number 1:12-cv-10819-RGS). The complaint filed in the case seeks compensatory damages in excess of seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00), plus interest, costs and attorney’s fees. We represent Salmonella victims throughout the United States.
In early April, 2012, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began to investigate a cluster of genetically indistinguishable Salmonella Bareilly cases in individuals residing in several states. Investigation into these cases found a statistically significant correlation between illness and consumption of raw yellowfin tuna imported by Moon Marine and sold for use in grocery stores and restaurants.
On April 13, 2012 defendant Moon Marine announced a recall of 58,828 pounds of a raw tuna product it produces known as “Nakaochi Scrape.” “Nakaochi Scrape” is produced from the meat left on the bones after processing yellowfin tuna. It is commonly and regularly consumed without further cooking in “spicy tuna rolls.”
The Food and Drug Administration tested unopened packages of Moon Marine “Nakaochi Scrape” subject to the recall for pathogens and found two separate types of Salmonella. One strain was Salmonella Bareilly with a pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) Pattern identical to the outbreak cluster. Another strain, Salmonella Nchanga was found in a sample and is associated with additional human illness cases.