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CDC warns of salmonella outbreak linked to frozen tuna

Salmonella found in raw tuna

You might want to think twice before ordering a spicy tuna roll, for now.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning consumers against eating frozen raw tuna products, after two recalls have been announced of disease-causing tuna from a processing plant in Indonesia.

Sixty-two people have been infected with the strain of salmonella in 11 states, according to the CDC. Eleven of the ill have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

"Most ill people in the outbreak reported eating sushi made with raw tuna in the week before becoming sick," said the CDC release.

Slab of frozen tuna thawing. Multistate outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) Infections linked to frozen raw tuna.
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Frozen tuna sold by Osamu Corp. of Gardena, California, including "loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms" from May 9, 2014, to July 9, 2015, are at risk, the agency said. Given the products' long shelf lives, the CDC advises carefully checking products before consumption.

Salmonella, an organism that can result in fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, causes approximately 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths annually in the United States, according to the CDC.

Osamu voluntary announced two recalls of frozen yellow fin tuna Tuesday.

The recalls were spurred when Minnesota Department of Health Investigators "found samples of this product from one retail location in Minnesota to be contaminated with Salmonella," according to the Food and Drug Administration.