Hundreds of people in 20 states across the country have become ill after eating tuna that was contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The salmonella outbreak has been linked to so-called “scrape” tuna that is commonly used a filling agent in spicy tuna sushi rolls.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the recall involves approximately 59,000 pounds of scrape tuna imported by Moon Marine USA, a California fish processor. The frozen yellowfin tuna, labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA, was sold to grocery stores and restaurants across the country.
“Scrape” tuna refers to backmeat that is essentially scraped off the fish’s carcass. The ground tuna product is used as a less expensive alternative to fresh tuna. The FDA has yet to release any announcement as to when or how the ground tuna became contaminated with the salmonella bacteria.
Salmonella poisoning can result in a wide array of symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache and muscle aches. While there have been no deaths reported in connection with the recalled tuna, several individuals affected by the salmonella bacteria have required hospitalization to treat their symptoms. Last month, two Wisconsin women who required hospitalization after eating the tainted tuna filed a personal injury claim against Moon Marine, seeking compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
According to the FDA, there have been no new reports of an outbreak since April 11th, however, the possibility remains that more people may be sickened by the recalled tuna. The FDA is advising consumers to use caution when purchasing or consuming any type of raw tuna product.
If you or a loved one became ill after eating tuna or another food product tainted with salmonella bacteria, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contacting an attorney experienced in handling salmonella food poisoning cases is the first step in protecting your legal rights.