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State's Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Sushi

Feds confirm source of Salmonella outbreak that's affected five in Connecticut.

A tuna product used in dishes such as sushi and sashimi is now linked by federal officials to the salmonella outbreak that's affected five in Connecticut and more than 100 people in 20 states.

No one has died from the outbreak, though 12 have been hospitalized, according to the Associated Press.

The product that FDA officials say caused the outbreak was reportedly labeled as ‘Nakaochi Scrape AA’ or ‘AAA.’ Sold directly to grocery stores and restaurants rather than individuals, nearly 60,000 pounds of the product have been recalled by a California-based company, the AP says.

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. Some of those who became ill said they ate "spicy tuna," the FDA said.

Here’s a table showing what states (plus Washington, D.C.) have been affected and how many individual cases have been reported in each one:

 

Alabama 2 Arkansas 1 Connecticut 5 DC 2 Florida 1 Georgia 5 Illinois 10 Louisiana 2 Maryland 11 Massachusetts 8 Mississippi 1 Missouri 2 New Jersey 7 New York 24 North Carolina 2 Pennsylvania 5 Rhode Island 5 South Carolina 3 Texas 3 Virginia 5 Wisconsin 12
Marty April 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Sushi looks so good but I can't bring myself to try it. The thought of raw fish is too revolting for me. And this is even more reason not to eat it. But I know lots of people who love it.
Warren Ransom April 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM
This is why buying sushi grade fish from a trusted purveyor is critical. I make sushi at home a lot, and I buy from http://www.sushinut.com because i know that the product has been handled properly the whole time. Some of these places send you stuff that makes me want to throw it away as soon as I open the box. If you are going to eat any type of seafood raw, proper handling is the most critical aspect of the supply chain. It stinks that some people cut corners to save a few bucks.

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