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Raw Tuna Recalled Amid Salmonella Outbreak
A California fish processor has recalled nearly 59,000lbs (26,700kg) of a raw yellowfin tuna product that has been linked to a salmonella outbreak which has affected more than 100 people across the US.
The country's food authorities said the tuna - used in sushi and sashimi dishes at restaurants and in supermarket meals - may be to blame for the widespread illness.
So far a total of 116 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia have suffered salmonella poisoning, with many reporting they had eaten raw tuna in sushi.
New York has been the worst-hit state, with 24 people reported sick, while 11 were reported to be ill Maryland and 10 in Illinois.
No deaths have been reported, but 12 people have been treated in hospital.
The US food and drug administration (FDA) said Moon Marine USA Corporation, also known as MMI, has recalled its Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA products - "tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones".
The FDA added the product was not sold to individuals, only restaurants and supermarkets.
"If you purchase 'spicy tuna' or other sushi, sashimi, ceviche, or similar dishes that might contain Nakaochi Scrape from a restaurant or grocery store, check with the establishment to make sure that it does not contain raw recalled product from Moon Marine USA Corporation.
"When in doubt, don't eat it."
The salmonella bacteria is one of the most common causes of food poisoning.
The FDA says because raw seafood is not fully cooked to assure that pathogens are destroyed, it is not considered as "safe" as cooked seafood.