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Contaminated Sushi Likely Sickened Thousands

Last month’s multi-state sushi recall has resulted in over 300 confirmed cases of salmonella food poisoning, and likely sickened thousands more who never reported their illness.

May 17, 2012 – Last month’s multi-state sushi recall has resulted in over 300 confirmed cases of salmonella food poisoning, and likely sickened thousands more who never reported their illness. In an update issued today by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), federal health regulators indicate that the epidemic has resulted in a total of 304 confirmed cases of Salmonella Bareilly and a dozen cases of Salmonella Nchanga, which have caused at least 37 people to require emergency hospitalization. Signs and symptoms of salmonella food poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever.

Free Moon Marine Nakaochi Scrape Yellowfin Tuna Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with salmonella food poisoning after eating Moon Marine Nakaochi Scrape Yellowfin Tuna included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Moon Marine USA Corporation and we can help.

What’s the problem?

After eluding detection for weeks, the source of the salmonella food poisoning outbreak was finally linked to raw scraped ground yellowfin tuna, known as Nakaochi Scrape, which was manufactured and distributed by Moon Marine USA Corporation (also known as MMI). The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall on April 13, which affected nearly 60,000 pounds of meat commonly used in sushi products.

It is a generally accepted fact that only a tiny percentage of food poisoning incidents are ever reported to the FDA, with most confirmed cases accounting for less than 10% of all illnesses experienced. Given these statistics, it is likely that thousands – if not tens of thousands – of people around the country were sickened by Moon Marine sushi products.

The Nakaochi Scrape in question was sold to consumers, restaurants and grocery stores, where it was further processed to make sushi, sashimi and other similar dishes. While the original packages identified the manufacturer on their labeling – Moon Marine USA (MMI) and Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA – the products were subsequently broken down into smaller packages by grocers and other retailers. This process has made identifying all the recalled Nakaochi Scrape exceedingly difficult.

To date, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed illnesses in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Laboratory analysis in several states has detected salmonella in 53 of 55 samples taken from the recalled tuna, which equals out to a shocking 96% contamination rate.

An inspection report conducted by the FDA on Moon Marine’s manufacturing plant in India found a number of blatant health code violations.

“Tanks used for storage of process waters have apparent visible debris, filth, and microbial contamination,” the report noted. “Apparent bird feces were observed on the ice manufacturing equipment at Moon Fisher; insects and filth were observed in and on the equipment.”

Additionally, federal health inspectors found that water and ventilation tanks used in the manufacturing process were not filtered. There was no laboratory analysis showing that the water used to make ice was filtered, and the ice manufacturing equipment was dirty and rusty. The Nakaochi Scrape processed at the manufacturing plant, which is often eaten in raw sushi, was in direct contact that that water and ice.

Salmonella food poisoning is a diarrheal illness caused by the Salmonella bacteria infecting the lining of the small intestine. It is one of the most commonly reported foodborne illnesses in the United States. Salmonella food poisoning usually begins to manifest itself between eight and 48 hours after the individual ingests the bacteria. Signs and symptoms typically include:

  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • headaches
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain

Salmonella food poisoning can last for up to two weeks, and the affected individual can continue to shed the bacteria in their feces for up to one year after the initial infection.

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The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Moon Marine Nakaochi Scrape Yellowfin Tuna recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella food poisoning cases in all 50 states.

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