Two government agencies are investigating an outbreak of salmonella infections linked to frozen raw tuna and are advising consumers to be cautious about their sushi orders.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration both issued notices Tuesday about Louisiana-based Jensen Tuna’s frozen tuna after 13 people in seven states reported illnesses and two were hospitalized.
In response to the investigations, Jensen Tuna announced a voluntarily recall of the tuna sold in 20-pound boxes distributed to restaurants and stores in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington. The lot numbers of the recalled tuna are z266, z271, and z272.
The recalled fish was sourced from JK Fish of Vietnam and the notices say no other tuna products are impacted or part of the recall.
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The frozen raw tuna may be used in some sushi including spicy tuna. The CDC advises that consumers ask stores and restaurants where the tuna came from before ordering.
“If you are not sure if the tuna has been recalled, do not eat it,” the CDC notice says.
The FDA notice said it’s unlikely consumers purchased the recalled tuna in the freezer aisle and that “it was likely used in food dishes sold by restaurants or retailers.”
“Restaurants and retailers should check with their suppliers and not sell or serve the recalled ground tuna from Jensen Tuna,” the notice said. “They should also be sure to wash and sanitize locations where the recalled ground tuna was stored or prepared.”
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, and they usually develop 12 to 72 hours after eating a contaminated product, according to the CDC.
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