Raw tuna linked to four N.D. salmonella illnesses

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North Dakota is one of seven states affected by salmonella illnesses linked to frozen, raw ground tuna. 

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) says four cases of Salmonella Newport infection have been reported in the state, apparently from raw tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna Inc. 

On Monday, Jensen Tuna voluntarily recalled frozen ground tuna imported from JK FIsh of Vietnam. 

Nationwide, 13 cases of salmonella illnesses related to the tuna have been reported, two resulting in hospitalization. 

No deaths have been reported. 

The North Dakota Health Department has been working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other state and local health officials in this national investigation. 

“Food service establishments and retailers should not sell or serve recalled frozen, ground tuna from Jensen Tuna Inc.,” said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the NDDoH. “Consumers who order sushi made with raw tuna, including ‘spicy tuna,’ should ask whether the tuna is from Jensen Tuna Inc. If you are not sure if the tuna has been recalled, do not eat it. Those at higher risk for serious foodborne illness should not eat any raw fish or raw shellfish.” 

The most common symptoms of salmonella illness include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms typically begin 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria but can take as long as 16 days. 

For more information on the outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw tuna, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/newport-04-19/index.html

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