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Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Prompts AFC Tuna Recall

Gardena, CA: The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have issued warnings regarding a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+). So far, illness has been reported from 11 states. Eleven ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The salmonella outbreak appears to stem from Yellow Fin Tuna Chunk Meat from Osamu Corporation.

On July 21, 2015, Osamu Corporation announced two voluntary recalls of frozen yellowfin tuna from one processing plant in Indonesia. The two recalls include:

1. All frozen tuna (loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms) sold to restaurants and grocery stores throughout the U.S. from May 9, 2014 to July 9, 2015. Affected products can be identified by four-digit purchase order numbers 8563 through 8599 located on each product carton box.

2. One lot of frozen yellowfin tuna chunk meat distributed to AFC Corporation for use in sushi franchises in grocery stores throughout the U.S. from May 20, 2015 to May 26, 2015. The affected lot can be identified by lot number 68568.

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.

Most ill people in the outbreak reported eating sushi made with raw tuna in the week before becoming sick.

The states where illness has been reported so far are Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The total number of ill persons reported since May 21, is 62.

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