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Monday, April 16, 2012

Raw Yellowfin Tuna Linked to Salmonella, Recalled

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Yellowfin tuna, pre-scrape - IMAGE VIA

A California company has voluntarily recalled 58,828 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna associated with an outbreak of salmonella.

According to the FDA, as of Friday, April 13, this oubtreak has sickened more than 100 people across twenty states and Washington, D.C., including Illinois (ten cases) and Missouri (two cases).

The specific product that Moon Marine Corporation USA has recalled is Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. Moon Marine doesn't sell this tuna directly to consumers, but (via third parties) to restaurants and supermarkets, which then use it to make sushi and other dishes.

And what, exactly, is Nakaochi Scrape?

If you love spicy tuna rolls, you might not want to read any further.

As the FDA describes it, Nakaochi Scrape sounds kind of like the pink slime of the sushi world:

Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product.

According to the FDA, many of the reported salmonella cases have stemmed from "spicy tuna" dishes. The agency advises consumers to ask vendors about the source of the tuna before purchasing it. Unfortunately, the FDA notes that the vendors themselves might not know the tuna's original source:

The company name and Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA were printed on boxes of the product when it was initially sold to distributors. However, the boxes may have been broken into smaller lots for further sale and may not be available to the end retailer or consumer. Therefore, the tuna may not be readily identifiable by retail outlets or by consumers as being from the implicated lots.

"When in doubt," the FDA says, "don't eat it."

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