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Importer Recalls Raw, Frozen Tuna Linked to Salmonella Outbreaks

Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA, is recalling Frozen Yellow Fin Tuna Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) sold to AFC Corporation of Rancho Dominquez, CA, and sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia. The company took this action because officials with the Minnesota Department of Health found that samples of this product from one retail location in Minnesota were contaminated with Salmonella.

Osamu Corporation is also recalling all of its frozen tuna (loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms) sold in bulk packaging to distributors, who further sold it to sushi restaurants, and grocery stores who packaged sushi rolls made available for consumers to purchase and take home, throughout the U.S. from 05/09/14 to 07/09/15 containing all sequential four-digit Purchase Order Numbers (PO#) of 8563 through 8599.

afc-1001547117930The Frozen Tuna Yellow Fin Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) was shipped to AFC from 05/20/15 to 05/26/15. AFC has removed the product from the marketplace and is destroying any remaining product it has, according to the statement from Osamu Corporation.

AFC has sushi franchises nationwide in many different grocery stores and it is sold from sushi counters.

Raw, frozen tuna in sushi has also been linked to two Salmonella outbreaks which have sickened 6o people in 11 states, hospitalizing 11 of them. Osamu Corporation’s announcement noted there have been two reports of illness to date associated with exposure to AFC sushi in Minnesota.

Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased contains the recalled tuna product should check with the store where they purchased the sushi. That store will be able to determine if it used the recalled product to prepare the sushi. Osamu Corporation said that at this time it does not believe that the recalled product or sushi made with the recalled product is available for purchase by consumers.

Customers who have purchased the Frozen Tuna Yellow Fin Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) are urged to return it to the distributor for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (310) 849-8881, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT).

Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (e.g., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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