First Lawsuit Filed in Connection With Salmonella-Tainted Tuna Recall
Two Wisconsin women have reportedly filed a lawsuit against a California fish processor in connection with salmonella-tainted tuna which they say caused them to become dangerously ill.
According to the Huffington Post, the lawsuit filed against Moon Marine involves yellowfin tuna that was packaged as “Nakaochi Scrape AA” or “AAA”. Scrape refers to backmeat that is removed from fish bones and added to other products, such as yellowfin tuna, which is then used in sushi. Moon Marine recalled nearly 60,000 pounds of the frozen tuna earlier this month after it was determined that the product was contaminated with salmonella bacteria.
Reportedly, the salmonella outbreak has reached 20 states and affected approximately 200 people. While no deaths have been reported, a number of those individuals who were exposed to the tainted tuna have required hospitalization to treat their food poisoning symptoms, including the two women involved in the lawsuit against Moon Marine. One of the plaintiffs alleges that she developed an ulcerated colon as a result of ingesting the salmonella bacteria.
Salmonella is a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacilli that can cause intestinal illnesses in humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 400 people die each year of salmonella poisoning. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, headache, chills and muscle pain. Typically, individuals who have been exposed to the salmonella bacteria may develop symptoms within a few hours or over a period of days. It can take anywhere from four to seven days for the salmonella poisoning to run its course.
The scrape tuna that is at the center of the salmonella recall is a low-end filler that is a less expensive alternative to non-ground tuna. The scrape is essentially derived from the fish’s carcass and is often sold in restaurants and stores as spicy tuna. Following this latest tuna recall, questions continue to be raised over the safety of using scrape tuna and the potential for contamination.
The Food and Drug Administration has not identified which restaurants or retailers may have purchased the recalled tuna from Moon Marine. Consumers are advised to use caution when purchasing or consuming raw tuna to avoid potential exposure to the salmonella bacteria. While no new salmonella outbreaks have been reported since April 11, the possibility remains that additional consumers may become ill.
The lawsuit filed against Moon Marine may likely be the first of many as those sickened as a result of the tainted tuna come forward. These individuals may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering if it’s determined that Moon Marine is liable for the product contamination. If you or someone you love became ill after eating a tuna product affected by the recall, it’s recommended that you contact an experienced California salmonella food poisoning attorney to discuss your rights.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is currently investigating salmonella cases in all 50 states. For more information on filing a food poisoning lawsuit, call 1-800-718-4658 to begin your free initial case evaluation. There is never a fee unless damages are recovered on your behalf.