Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen Raw Tuna Impacts Connecticut

A recall has been issued for frozen raw ground tuna after 13 people in seven states, including Connecticut, reported getting sick. The tuna might be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection says the likely source of the Salmonella Newport outbreak is Jensen Tuna, based in Houma, Louisiana, and the ground tuna was imported from JK Fish, of Vietnam.

The tuna was individually packaged in one-pound bags and sold in 20-pound boxes under lot numbers z266, z271, and z272.

One of the cases was in Connecticut and another was in New York. Iowa has one case, Illinois has another, Minnesota has one, four were in North Dakota and another four were in Washington.

 The notice on the CDC website said the recalled product might have been redistributed to additional states.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

The illnesses started on dates ranging from Jan. 8 to March 20 and the ill people range from 29 to 85 years old.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment, according to the CDC.

In some people, the illness might be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Two people have been hospitalized because of this outbreak, according to the CDC.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration said it is unlikely that the recalled ground tuna was sold directly to consumers in grocery stores. It was likely used in food dishes sold by restaurants or retailers. 

Anyone with concerns should ask their restaurants and retailers whether the tuna dish they are purchasing contains the recalled ground tuna.

The CDC recommends that anyone who orders sushi made with raw tuna, including “spicy tuna,” ask the restaurant or grocery store if the tuna is from Jensen Tuna.

If you think you might have become sick from eating raw tuna sushi, contact your health provider.

The CDC warns that if restaurants and retailers do not know if the frozen ground tuna they have is recalled, they should contact the distributor. When in doubt, don’t sell or serve it.

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