Two Minnesota residents sickened recently with salmonellosis are part of a national outbreak linked to frozen raw tuna, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said today. The outbreak has sickened over 50 people in 10 states:
Arizona (10), California (31), Illiinois (1), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (1).
Ten ill people have been hospitalized.
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The CDC and state health officials have linked the outbreak of salmonellosis infections to frozen raw tuna contaminated with Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) (formally known as Salmonella Java). The raw tuna was used to make spicy tuna rolls.
The ill Minnesotans are adults in their 30s from the Twin Cities area who became ill on June 21 and June 30, 2015. Neither was hospitalized. The Minnesota Department of Health linked these cases to spicy tuna rolls purchased at a grocery store and a workplace cafeteria. The outbreak strain of Salmonella bacteria was found in sealed bags of frozen raw tuna from the lot used to make the spicy tuna rolls eaten by one of the cases. This is “smoking gun” evidence that the tuna caused the illnesses.
The recalled product is sold to restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers. It is packaged in frozen, vacuum-sealed bags without a brand or other name. The contaminated lot of tuna can be identified from labels on the tuna bags and product information on the enclosing box that bear the lot number 68568 and country of origin, Indonesia. The tuna was distributed by Osamu Corporation, a Gardena, California company. Restaurants, grocery stores and other retail outlets should check their raw tuna supply for bags or boxes labeled with Lot 68568 from Indonesia (check with your supplier or shipping receipts/invoices if individual bags are not labeled). Tuna from this lot may be contaminated and should be discarded and not sold or served.