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Sushi made with frozen raw tuna has been linked to 62 cases of salmonella in 11 states, about half of those cases in California.
According to a KTLA news report, most of the people who got sick reported eating raw tuna in sushi within the week before their symptoms began.
Eleven people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Osamu Corporation, based in the Los Angeles area, has issued two recalls of tuna processed in its Indonesian plant, which has been linked to the salmonella outbreak.
One of the recalls includes all frozen tuna sold to restaurants and grocery stores nationwide between May 9 and July 9.
Osamu is also recalling one lot of yellow fin tuna chunk meat distributed to AFC Corp. for use in sushi restaurants throughout the United States from May 20 to May 26.
California leads in the number of cases at 34. Arizona has 11, New Mexico, six, and Minnesota, four. The youngest person reported sick is under 1 and the oldest is 83.
Salmonella infection is often spread through raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs or egg products. The incubation period ranges from several hours or two days.
Most salmonella infections can be classified as gastroenteritis. The signs and symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headaches and bloody stools.
The symptoms usually last four to seven days although it may take months for the bowels to return to normal. A few varieties of salmonella bacteria could result in kidney infection or even death, when not treated promptly with antibiotics.
Protecting Your Rights
If you have contracted salmonella infection as a result of consuming food at a restaurant, please remember that you have legal rights. The restaurant or business that supplies food has a legal obligation to serve food that is safe for consumers.
They are required to ensure that the food is not contaminated by storing it at the right temperatures and handling all food in a manner that it is not cross contaminated.
Victims of food poisoning can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of diagnostic tests, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles food poisoning attorney who will fight for their rights and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.