FDA Expands Recall of Salmonella-Tainted Tuna
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced an expansion of a tuna recall issued last month after hundreds of cases of salmonella poisoning were reported in 24 states nationwide. The FDA has also issued a warning letter to the fishery responsible for shipping the tainted tuna overseas, advising the company to correct numerous health and safety violations.
Last month, California fish processor Moon Marine issued a recall of nearly 60,000 pounds of “scrape” tuna after it was determined that the fish product was contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The product, sold to restaurants and retailers as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA, is believed to be widely used as a filler in sushi products, including spicy tuna rolls. At the time the recall was issued, approximately 100 people had reported becoming ill after eating the salmonella-tainted tuna, with several individuals being hospitalized with severe symptoms. The number of individuals affected by the recalled tuna has since increased to more than 250.
On Wednesday, the FDA announced that the tuna recall would be expanded to include tuna strips produced by Moon Fishery, located in India. The recall encompasses 22-lb cases of the frozen yellowfin tuna strips but there has been no word as to how many cases are involved in the recall. The tuna strips are also commonly as a component of sushi.
Between April 19th and April 24th, FDA officials inspected the Moon Fishery to evaluate the facility’s health and safety standards. In a letter dated April 24th, the FDA advised the company that there were several violations of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan. This plan is required by all food facilities and is designed to identify potential problem areas and correct any possible health and safety issues. FDA officials are continuing to monitor the problem in an effort to prevent additional cases of salmonella poisoning. Consumers are being urged to use caution when purchasing or eating any frozen raw tuna product.
The first lawsuits have already been filed in connection with the tuna recall. Reportedly, personal injury claims have been filed on behalf of two Wisconsin women and a Massachusetts woman who claim they required hospitalization to treat symptoms of salmonella associated with consuming the recalled tuna. Attorneys for the plaintiffs have argued that due to the nature of salmonella, their clients will likely take months to achieve a full recovery. Salmonella bacteria can create severe intestinal distress, including vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. In some cases, it can take several months for intestinal function to stabilize.
Individuals who believe they may have contracted salmonella after eating the recalled tuna may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain, and suffering. Contacting an experienced California salmonella poisoning attorney is the first step in protecting your rights.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is currently investigating salmonella poisoning claims associated with recalled tuna in all 50 states. For more information on filing an injury claim, call 1-800-718-4658 to begin your free initial case evaluation. There is never a fee unless damages are recovered on your behalf.