OLYMPIA, Wash. – Four people in Washington have been sickened by a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to frozen, ground raw tuna, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
Jensen Tuna issued the recall of the tuna on Monday. It was for individually packaged tuna in one-pound bags. They were sold to stores and restaurants in 20-pound boxes under lot numbers z266, z271, and z272.
The CDC says people who order sushi with raw tuna – including “spicy tuna” – should ask if it is made from Jensen Tuna.
The CDC says if you aren’t sure if the tuna is under the recall, don’t eat it.
Jensen Tuna sent the tuna to distributors in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington, but officials say the recalled product might have been redistributed to other states.
The four ill people include residents of Grays Harbor (1), King (2) and Spokane (1) counties. All have recovered and none were hospitalized, according to DOH officials.
In January and February, state and local health officials and the Washington State Department of Agriculture gathered information about the illnesses and products eaten. Federal partners used laboratory information to link Washington cases to cases in other states. They also worked to pinpoint the source of the tuna. On April 15, 2019, Jensen Tuna Inc. recalled the product that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.
Though the most recent case in this outbreak happened in January, public health officials in Washington are reminding the public of the risks from eating raw or under cooked fish and shellfish. This includes food containing raw or under cooked seafood such as sushi, sashimi and ceviche. These foods are especially risky for certain groups of people (older adults, children, pregnant women and the immunocompromised).
Symptoms of Salmonella can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal. Infants, young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.