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Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Frozen Raw Tuna

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A total of 62 people have been infected with salmonella linked to frozen raw tuna used in sushi.

There have been no cases in Florida, but the Centers for Disease Control said that frozen raw tuna is likely the source for the multistate outbreak.

Osamu Corporation of Gardena, California announced two recalls this week of frozen yellowfin tuna from one processing plant in Indonesia. The first recall was of all frozen tuna sold to distributors, who then sold to restaurants and stores across the US. The second recall involved meat shipped to AFC in Minnesota for use in sushi franchises in many different grocery stores nationwide.

Eleven people have been hospitalized, no deaths have been reported.

According to the CDC, most ill people in the outbreak reported eating sushi made with raw tuna in the week before becoming sick.

Restaurants and retailers are urged not to sell or serve any of the recalled tuna products.

Most people infected with salmonella experience symptoms within 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms include; diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps. CDC asks anyone with symptoms to contact their health provider.

People at higher risk for serious foodborne illness should not eat any raw fish or raw shellfish regardless of an outbreak, the CDC says; this includes children younger than 5, adults older than 65, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

Restaurants and retailers with questions can contact Osamu Corporation at 1-310-849-8881, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm PDT.


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