The Kane County Health Department is advising that the Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA, is recalling all of its frozen tuna (loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms) because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Presently the Food and Drug Administration is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B linked to frozen raw tuna products.
No illnesses related to this recall have been reported in Illinois, but there have been two reports of illness associated with a single distributor in Minnesota. The frozen tuna was sold in bulk packaging to distributors who further sold it to sushi restaurants, and grocery stores who packaged sushi rolls made available for consumers to purchase and take home, throughout the U.S. from May 9, 2014, to July 9, 2015.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Persons developing these symptoms should seek medical attention.
The bulk frozen tuna products can be identified from the Purchase Order Number printed on each product carton box end panel; see example by clicking here.
Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased may contain the recalled tuna product should check with the restaurant or store where they purchased the sushi. That store will be able to determine if it used the recalled product to prepare the sushi. Customers who have purchased the frozen tuna products are urged to return it to the distributor for a full refund. Consumers and media with questions may contact the company at (310) 849-8881 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT Mondays through Fridays.
SOURCE: Kane County Health Department press release, FDA
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- What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?
- What are the Symptoms of Salmonella?
- How Soon do Symptoms Appear After Exposure?
- What are the Complications of Salmonella Infections?
- Who is at Risk?
- What Do Restaurants and Retailers Need To Do?
- What Do Consumers Need To Do?
- Who Should be Contacted?