141 people across 20 states and the District of Columbia have now been sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to sushi. The first lawsuit stemming from the outbreak has been filed against seafood importer Moon Marine U.S.A. Corp of Cupertino, California. Plaintiffs Amy Karfonta, 22, and Amber Azzolina, both of Wisconsin, allege they contracted a rare type of salmonella poisoning, called Salmonella Bareilly, after eating spicy tuna rolls from a local sushi restaurant. Both plaintiffs had to be hospitalized and both are still recovering from the salmonella poisoning.
According to an attorney for the plaintiffs, the strain of salmonella has been traced back to a product called “Nakaochi Scrape” which consists of backmeat shaved from the bones of fish. 29 tons of scrape was sold by Moon Marine, and distributed across the country. The scrape was also mixed into 60,000 pounds of raw ground yellowfin tuna, for which there has been a recall.
According to the FDA website, the illnesses occurred in Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (6), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), Georgia (6), Illinois (13), Louisiana (3), Maryland (14), Massachusetts (9), Mississippi (2), Missouri (4), New Jersey (8), New York (28), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (6), Rhode Island (5), South Carolina (3), Texas (4), Virginia (8), and Wisconsin (14). 21 ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
MSNBC reports that federal and state health agencies are trying to retrace the tainted scrape to the overseas plant where it was produced.