FDA Announces Yellowfin Tuna Recall {sushi}

April 18, 2012

The FDA has announced that Moon Marine USA Corp. (also known as MMI) a California company is voluntarily recalling their yellofin Tuna product, the product is labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. The voluntary recall is already at 58,828 pounds of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product linked to a multistate salmonella outbreak  that has sickened 116 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Thankfully no deaths reported. {For a list of the states effected so far click here}

The specific scrape technique is called the Nakaochi Scrape, this is the back meat of the tuna that is scraped off from the bones, and looks similar to a ground product. The product is sold commercially to grocery store and restaurants. This scraped technique is used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar dishes.

A common factor among those sickened was many of the people reported eating "spicy tuna. When contaminated foods have been consumed it can cause salmonellosis, which typically lasts four to seven days. Symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours and some individuals may experience vomiting. Bloodstream infections are infrequent, but can be serious, particularly in the very young or elderly.

If you plan on eating sushi soon {as I do}, it is recommended that you ask the restaurant if they use meat associated with the Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA products. If you believe you have become ill from eating contaminated please contact your health care provider.