Latest on Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Raw Scraped Tuna

On May 17 the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its latest update on the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly and Salmonella Nchanga infections associated with a raw scraped ground tuna product imported from India.  A total of 316 persons from 26 states and the District of Columbia have been reported with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Bareilly (304 persons) or Salmonella Nchanga (12 persons).  Thirty-seven persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

Cases associated with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Bareilly and Salmonella Nchanga, by State – May 14, 2012

The tuna was not available for sale to individual consumers but went to outlets that used it to make sushi or other dishes to be sold in restaurants and grocery stores.

A visit to Moon Fishery (India) Pvt. Ltd. by FDA investigators found a number of food safety violations, including dirty water and ice, fish residue on the ceiling and cutting knives, and peeling paint above processing line.  These findings are summarized in a report on FDA’s web site.

In an article published in Food Safety News, it was reported that the product had been shipped from India in boxes labeled “To be cooked before consumption.” The boxes contained vacuum-wrapped packages of frozen tuna with no labeling.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says those shipments may have been broken down into smaller lots for further sale, possibly without new labeling.

Raw Scraped Ground Tuna


About Les Bourquin

Professor and Food Safety Specialist Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University
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