The Frozen Tuna Salmonella Outbreak is Over
The multistate outbreak of Salmonella caused by frozen raw tuna is now over, according to the CDC. The outbreak sickened 65 people spread out over 11 states. Hardest hit was California, with 35 cases of Salmonella poisoning. California is followed by Arizona with 12 cases, New Mexico with 6 cases, Minnesota with 4 cases, and Michigan with 2 cases. Illinois, Mississippi, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin all reported 1 case of Salmonella poisoning.
Although the outbreak has been declared over, it is possible for contaminated tuna to still exist in restaurant and home freezers nationwide. If you bought frozen, raw tuna between May 9, 2014 and July 9, 2015 and it was imported by Osamu Corporation, then it should not be consumed. All frozen tuna imported from Indonesia by Osamu Corporation was recalled on July 20, 2015.
Salmonella poisoning occurs after the consumption of contaminated food and beverages. After ingestion, symptoms will appear between 12 and 72 hours. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever. In many cases, a patient will recover on their own within a week. However, in some cases medical attention may be required. The CDC warns that those that are under the age of 5, older than 65, those that are pregnant, and those with weak immune systems should not eat raw fish or shellfish.