Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen, raw tuna

April 18, 2019

A CDC food safety alert about a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to frozen, raw ground tuna has been posted on the CDC website.

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to frozen, raw ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna.

On April 15, 2019, Jensen Tuna recalled frozen, raw ground tuna, which was individually packaged in one-pound bags and sold in 20-pound boxes under lot numbers z266, z271, and z272. Jensen Tuna distributed product to all the states where ill people were reported but recalled product might have been redistributed to additional states.

A total of 13 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from seven states (CT, IA, IL, MN, ND, NY, WA). Two people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses started from January 8, 2019, to March 20, 2019. This investigation is ongoing. CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

Restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve recalled frozen, raw ground tuna from Jensen Tuna Inc. If restaurants and retailers do not know if the frozen ground tuna they have is recalled, contact the distributor. When in doubt, don’t sell or serve it. Consumers who order sushi made with raw tuna, including “spicy tuna,” should ask the restaurant or grocery store if the tuna is supplied by Jensen Tuna.

If you are not sure if the tuna has been recalled, do not eat it. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have become ill from eating raw tuna sushi.

Check FDA’s website for a full list of where recalled products were sold.

CDC has more information