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CDC and FDA Report 316 Sick with Salmonella Tuna

Screen Shot 2012-05-19 at 7.55.51 PM.pngA total of 316 individuals infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Bareilly or Salmonella Nchanga have been reported from 26 states and the District of Columbia.

Three hundred and four persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly have been reported from 26 states and the District of Columbia. The number of ill persons with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (3), Arkansas (1), California (4), Colorado (1), Connecticut (9), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), Georgia (13), Illinois (27), Indiana (1), Louisiana (4), Maryland (27), Massachusetts (33), Mississippi (2), Missouri (4), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (26), New York (48), North Carolina (10), Pennsylvania (25), Rhode Island (6), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (4), Texas (7), Virginia (22), Vermont (1), and Wisconsin (19).

Screen Shot 2012-05-19 at 7.56.10 PM.pngTwelve persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Nchanga have been reported from 5 states. The number of ill persons with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Nchanga identified in each state is as follows: Georgia (2), New Jersey (2), New York (6), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (1).

Moon Marine USA Corporation (also known as MMI) of Cupertino, Calif. is voluntarily recalling 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.

The Nakaochi Scrape AA and AAA from MMI was sold through distributors to restaurants and grocery stores that make sushi, and has been linked to the ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly and Salmonella Nchanga, which has caused 200 illnesses in 24 states and the District of Columbia to date.

Screen Shot 2012-05-19 at 7.56.23 PM.pngMany of the people who became ill reported eating raw tuna in sushi as “spicy tuna.”

The product is not available for sale to individual consumers, but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar dishes available in restaurants and grocery stores.

The company name and Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA were printed on boxes of the product when it was initially sold to distributors. However, the boxes may have been broken into smaller lots for further sale and may not be available to the end retailer or consumer. Therefore, the tuna may not be readily identifiable by retail outlets or by consumers as being from the implicated lots.

If you purchase “spicy tuna” or other sushi, sashimi, ceviche, or similar dishes that might contain Nakaochi Scrape from a restaurant or grocery store, check with the establishment to make sure that it does not contain raw recalled product from Moon Marine USA Corporation, also known as MMI. When in doubt, don’t eat it. Consumers who think they might have become ill from eating possibly contaminated raw Nakaochi Scrape should consult their health care providers.

Screen Shot 2012-05-19 at 7.56.49 PM.pngA Seafood HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) inspection was conducted by FDA April 19-24 at the nakaochi scrape yellowfin tuna and tuna strips manufacturer, Moon Fishery Pvt Ltd. in Aroor, India. FDA was informed that April 12, 2012 was the last day of tuna processing at the firm due to the seasonal nation-wide ban of tuna harvest from the Indian Ocean. 

Based on the initial tour of the facility, inspectors identified several seafood HACCP deficiencies such as lack of controls for histamine at receipt of product, lack of controls for Clostridium botulinum at storage, and several significant sanitation observations of concern. 

A copy of the inspection observations is available, see FDA Form 483 for Moon Fishery (India) Pvt. Ltd.