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Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Tuna Recall After 62 People Sickened: CDC

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A salmonella recall has been issued after frozen yellowfin tuna used for sushi sickened at least 62 people. (Joegough/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 24 Jul 2015 10:11 AM

A salmonella outbreak linked to frozen yellowfin tuna often used for sushi has sickened at least 62 people, and now the company that processes the fish has issued a recall.

ABC News reported that The Osamu Corporation of Gardena, California, voluntarily recalled "loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms" of the tuna, which was caught in Indonesia and sold between May 9 and July 9. The company noted that some of the fish was sold to the AFC Corporation for use in grocery store sushi.

Both Osamu and AFC "removed the product from the marketplace and is destroying any remaining product it has," according to the FDA.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the recall Wednesday on Twitter.



The outbreak has affected people in 11 states thus far and, of the 62 people who became ill after eating the tuna, 11 have been hospitalized. No deaths resulting from the salmonella outbreak have been reported.

"Most ill people in the outbreak reported eating sushi made with raw tuna in the week before becoming sick," the CDC said in a release about the outbreak.

"Our reporting usually only captures 1 in 30 cases of salmonella . . . It could really be above a thousand people across the country," Dr. Matthew Wise, a CDC outbreak-response team leader in Atlanta, told The Sacramento Bee. "This is still a fairly large number of ill people."

Salmonella is known to cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Those who believe they've been affected by the outbreak and fallen ill should contact a healthcare provider, said the CDC.

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