New Yorkers should think twice before biting into that spicy tuna roll…at least for a little while. The Food and Drug Administration reported this week that there have been more than 100 people reporting cases of Salmonella in over 20 states, although the vast majority of those illnesses have occurred in New York.
The infected tuna has come by way of Moon Marina USA Corporation, a California supplier of raw fish, but was originally imported from India. Specifically, the type of tuna causing the outbreak is known as Nakaochi Scrape, which is meat from yellowfin tuna that is scraped directly off of fish bones. While the FDA is not yet suggesting people stop eating sushi or even stay away from spicy tuna specifically, they are reminding sushi lovers to ask their favorite establishments whether their fish products come from Moon Marine, and to exert caution if that is the case.
Salmonella is a very dangerous disease whose effects can last anywhere from 12 hours to 3 days, and causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps in its victims. In rare cases, especially with young children and the elderly, it can even cause death.