Beware the next time you eat sushi — it may contain salmonella.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that some frozen raw tuna may contain salmonella. So far, there have been 60 instances of illness reported in 11 states: California, Michigan, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The affected tuna was traced to distributor Osamu Corporation, located in Gardena, California, and is packaged in vacuum-sealed bags. The salmonella was found in sushi, sashimi, and ceviche. Twenty-nine of the people who fell ill reported eating spicy tuna.
While the tuna was distributed by Osamu Corporation, the lot originated in Indonesia. Bags or boxes labeled “Lot 68568” should be discarded and should not be sold or served for consumption.
The initial announcement of salmonella in the raw tuna was made on May 21, when 53 cases were reported in nine states. The onset dates range from March 5 through June 30. Eleven of the 60 people infected were hospitalized.