( 4UMF NEWS ) Spicy Tuna Rolls Spark Salmonella Outbreak:
Health authorities are trying to determine if something’s fishy about the most recent food poisoning outbreak. State and federal health investigators are eying tainted sushi as a possible cause of 90 cases of salmonella across 19 states.
FDA investigators are homing in on spicy tuna rolls as “highly suspect,” reports the Associated Press.
Investigators are focusing on six clusters of restaurants in Texas, Wisconsin, Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Patients who became ill were infected by by an unusual strain of salmonella, known as salmonella Bareilly, reports LiveScience. In the past, it has been found in tainted bean sprouts.
The cases were reported from January 28 to April 2, the CDC said in a statement.
“CDC is collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of salmonella serotype Bareilly infections,” CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said in a statement to CNN.
The FDA speculated in a leaked memo that raw fish, the main ingredient in sushi, could be to blame, but a spokesperson for the federal health organization said that it cannot be confirmed as the cause of the outbreak.
“On initial interviews, many of the ill persons reported consuming sushi, sashimi or similar foods in a variety of locations in the week before becoming ill,” said Russell. “However, it is still early in the investigation.”
Consumers are not being told to avoid any particular kind of food until they’re sure of what has caused the mass sickening.
Salmonella bacteria can cause the patient to develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the CDC.
While most people recover after the four- to seven-day illness, some may require hospitalization.
Story @ NY Daily News