Were you poisoned by salmonella in a spicy tuna roll? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now warning that at least 100 people have been sickened in an outbreak across 19 states. 69% of these people report eating sushi, sashimi, or spicy tuna rolls. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning about a “rapid and expanding number of cases,” including at least seven hospitalizations. The salmonella bacterium can survive on the surface of raw fish found in spicy tuna rolls and sushi. There have been at least 10 hospitalizations linked to spicy tuna roll salmonella poisoning.
What You Can Do & How a Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella induced food poisoning cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by Spicy Tuna Rolls that were contaminated by Salmonella, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
UPDATE: April 2012 — YELLOWFIN TUNA SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
April 2012 — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Press Announcement because Moon Marine USA Corporation will be voluntarily recalling almost 59,000 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna. The FDA and the CDC traced a recent spicy tuna roll salmonella outbreak to Nakaoki Scrape yellowfin tuna products sold by the company. The contaminated fish has been linked to a 20-state salmonella outbreak, 116 illnesses, and 12 hospitalizations, but fortunately no deaths. The FDA previously warned that most people sickened reported eating spicy tuna rolls, however, other foods that contain raw yellowfin tuna may also cause salmonella poisoning (including sushi). The FDA also warned that the contaminated products likely passed through several distributors, which break down lots into smaller packages, which are then sold to restaurants and grocery stores without any marking information linking them to Moon Marine. Therefore, it is possible that there are still contaminated yellowfin sushi products in stores at this time.
Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella
Federal investigators are concerned about a salmonella outbreak that may be linked to spicy tuna rolls. No deaths have been reported yet, but there have been at least 100 cases of salmonella poisoning, including 10 hospitalizations. In a memo, the FDA called the tuna rolls “highly suspect.” The cases were reported between January 28 to April 2, 2012. The investigation is centering on six clusters of restaurants in Texas, Wisconsin, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Cases have been reported in 19 states, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.
To read the CDC press release, click here.
FDA Investigation of Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella Outbreak
According to CNN, the news about the spicy tuna roll salmonella outbreak became public when an internal memo was accidentally sent to everyone at the FDA.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to determine the source of the outbreak. While they cannot conclusively determine that spicy tuna rolls are the cause of the outbreak, there is evidence that spicy tuna rolls may be the culprit.
During a salmonella outbreak, investigators conduct interviews with sick patients to determine what they have recently eaten, and where they were eating. The problem is that there is often lag-time between when the person got sick and when they report salmonella poisoning to officials. By that time, more and more people may become infected.
The FDA and the CDC have not yet conclusively identified any restaurant, supplier, or food product in the outbreak.
What is Salmonella?
LiveScience has reported that the patients who became ill were infected with an unusual strain of salmonella, known as salmonella Bareilly, which was previously found on contaminated bean sprouts.
Salmonella food poisoning is an infection of the intestinal tract. It occurs when a bacterium of the salmonella genus is eaten. There are about 12 varieties of salmonella bacterium that can cause illness. Salmonella grows in the intestines of birds, animals, and humans. Salmonella infection typically occurs when feces from humans or animals comes in contact with food products. Salmonella can live on fish, poultry, eggs, meat, water, and other foods. Infections can occur when food workers do not wash their hands after using the bathroom, when foods are washed in water contaminated with fecal matter, or when kitchen surfaces are not cleaned properly in a restaurant.
Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning
The most common initial symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. These symptoms typically begin within 8-72 hours after eating food that has been contaminated with the bacteria. Most people with strong immune systems see a reduction of symptoms within a few days, and are completely recovered within a week. However, pregnant women, children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems (such as those undergoing cancer treatment), can quickly succumb to a life-threatening infection and die. Any time salmonella poisoning is suspected, this is a 911 emergency and you should seek immediate emergency care.
Salmonella poisoning symptoms may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Repeated diarrhea, which may be bloody
- Abdominal cramps
- Severe abdominal pain
- Irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract
After salmonella poisoning, it can take several months before bowel function returns to normal.
Do I have a Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by Spicy Tuna Roll that was contaminated with Salmonella, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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