Tuna Recall 2012: Moon Marine USA recalls 58,828 lbs of Yellowfin Tuna due to salmonella outbreak

By on Apr 14, 2012 in Food, Health, United States Comments

Moon Marine USA Corporation (MMI) announced on Friday, April 13, 2012 a voluntary recall of 58,828 lbs of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product after being linked to salmonella outbreak in some areas in the US.



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Image Credit: David Guttenfelder/AP

As announced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its official website that day, MMI of Cupertino, California issued the tuna recall, with a product label of Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA, a tuna backmeat being scraped off from the bones and looks like a ground product.

MMI noted that the company name and Nakaochi Scrape (AA or AAA) were printed on boxes of the product when it was initially sold to distributors, although these boxes could have been broken into smaller lots for further sale.

According to FDA, Nakaochi Scrape is not being sold to individual consumers, but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar dishes available in restaurants and grocery stores; and is now being linked to 116 illnesses in 20 US states and the District of Columbia.

The affected US states includes Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Apparently, the latest salmonella outbreak has already caused 12 hospitalizations but no casualties, with the reported patients noted to have eaten raw tuna in sushi as “spicy tuna“, with FDA now strongly advising the public to check related products before buying them and make sure that it is not from the recalled brand.

On the other hand, consumers who think they might have gotten sick after possibly eating contaminated raw Nakaochi Scrape are also being advised to immediately consult their health care providers.



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