Dubbed the “pink slime” of the sea, nearly 59,000 pounds of yellowfin tuna have been recalled after a salmonella outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak has been reported in 20 states and 12 people have been hospitalized.
The product is called Nakaochi Scrape. Commonly used in spicy tuna rolls, it looks like raw ground tuna and is essentially “tuna backmeat” scraped from the bones of the fish. Most of the illnesses have occurred in New York and there are currently no recorded cases of sickness in California. The Cupertino-based company Moon Marine USA Corporation has since issued a voluntary recall of the product.
“The raw yellowfin tuna product may have passed through several distributors before reaching the restaurant and grocery market, and may not be marked with lot information,” a statement issued by the FDA warned.
A total of 116 people have been infected with the strain of Salmonella Bareilly. Common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever within eight to 72 hours of consuming the contaminated food.