There are 18 confirmed cases of Salmonella Paratyphi in Southern California, including seven in Los Angeles County, four in Orange and Ventura counties, two in Riverside County, and one in Santa Barbara County. Seven other people sickened are from other states but had traveled to the area, according to the Ventura County Public Health Department. Five have been hospitalized. Department officials said Monday that the exact cause of the outbreak is still being investigated, but indications point to a link with raw tuna in sushi. “As of April 17th, 10 out of 10 people who completed detailed food questionnaires stated they had consumed sushi, and over 80 percent reported having eaten raw tuna,” department officials said. This particular strain of Salmonella had never been seen before March 2015, but the department said that a closely related strain was responsible for an outbreak that occurred in California and Hawaii back in 2010. That outbreak was found to be linked to raw tuna imported from Indonesia. “This strain is genetically different from the 2010 strain, so it appears the two strains are unrelated at this time,” officials said. Anyone who becomes ill after eating sushi or any other foods can report concerns to Ventura County Environmental Health here or by calling (805) 654-2813. Anyone who has nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and/or fever should immediately seek medical attention. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foods of animal origin may be contaminated with Salmonella, so people should not eat raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat. Raw eggs may be unrecognized in some foods, such as homemade Hollandaise sauce, Caesar and other homemade salad dressings, tiramisu, homemade ice cream, homemade mayonnaise, cookie dough, and frostings. Also, CDC says, poultry and meat, including hamburgers, should be well-cooked, not pink in the middle. Persons also should not consume raw or unpasteurized milk or other dairy products. Produce should be thoroughly washed.

  • MaryFinelli

    Seafood (of animal origin) was found to be “by far the most hazardous food” by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in its analysis of food-borne disease outbreaks.

    If you eat seafood, please opt exclusively for the many marvelous vegan versions there are of pretty much every type of seafood -and other food- imaginable. For your sake and that of the animals’.

    • RTay

      what’s the point of sushi if it’s vegan? I don’t make you eat meat, don’t try to make me be vegan.

      • MaryFinelli

        The point is: it’s safer for you, it doesn’t cause needless harm to other animals, and it’s better for the environment. It’s also delicious. It’s served in some of the finest restaurants, including one in NYC that exclusively offers vegan sushi. Try it, you might love it.

        No one is trying to make you be vegan. It’s up to you to do the right thing.

        • Jordan

          Wow. So being vegan is the “right thing to do”? I can’t believe people. you must be going crazy from the lack of protein your body has.

          • MaryFinelli

            It’s the right thing to do if you don’t want to cause needless animal suffering and environmental harm. It can also be advantageous for your health. Protein is not a problem, nor is the cholesterol, saturated fat, hormones, bioaccumulated pollutants, etc., ingested with animal products.

            Per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals: “Appropriately planned vegetarian diets have been shown to be healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle.”

          • Gary

            Mary…the problem is, you are judging others for what they eat and put into their bodies and are campaigning “your way” is the right way without any link between “being vegan” and food safety. I hear this argument all the time from you vegan nuts whenever there is an outbreak related to animal foods. Where are you when the outbreak is related to non-animal foods?

            Oh, let’s see…the caramel apples with L. Mono that was traced back to the granny smith apples used. Or, the cantalope from a couple years ago (no one dies by eating vegan foods! Much safer indeed!). How about that pesky peanut butter recall from PCA back in 2009? No one died right? Vegan must be much safer and it must be the “right choice”.

          • MaryFinelli

            Gary, I’m merely stating the facts. You are the one referring to others as being “nuts.”

            Per the Center for Science in the Public Interest: “Produce—and especially fruit—are among the safest foods to eat. When illnesses are considered together with consumption rates, red meats (Beef and Pork), Poultry, and Seafood products are far more likely to cause illness than fruits and vegetables. When the risk of illness-per-pound consumed was analyzed, Poultry products topped Beef and Pork. Seafood was by far the most hazardous food.”

            It’s not surprising when produce is found to be contaminated, given the manure from factory farms and other such pathogen-breeding facilities being spread all over as fertilizer, contaminating water supplies, etc. The most virulent pathogens originate with animals.

            from 10 Reasons to Eat More Like a Vegetarian:

            Safer Food. Some of the deadliest foodborne illnesses enter the body via animal foods. “Ground beef is the most likely source of E. coli O157:H7, poultry carry Salmonella and Campylobacter, and the consumption of raw shellfish has caused infection with Vibrio vulnificus,” says David Swerdlow of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

            Any raw food–including fruits or vegetables–can carry harmful bacteria. “For example, recent outbreaks of Salmonella have been associated with cantaloupe, tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts,” says Swerdlow. But meat, seafood, and poultry are the most likely culprits in foodborne illness.

            Save yourself, and the other animals, and the environment: Be vegan.

          • Gary

            You do realize that animal foods are typically consumed after cooking to eliminate associated health hazards with pathogens, right? Not the same for most fruits and vegetables so while they may have lower rates of pathogen infection, they carry a greater risk because of the way they are consumed.

            Stop deluding yourself to feeling “safer” by being a vegan. You are no more safer than I am by not being a vegan.

          • MaryFinelli

            Gary, as noted in my previous reply to you, per the CDC: “meat, seafood, and poultry are the most likely culprits in foodborne illness.” Pathogens are readily transmitted prior to cooking (through contamination), and meat and other animal products are often not heated high enough or long enough to kill pathogens. So yes, I am safer as a vegan, and you could be, too. The animals who won’t be used for food most certainly are, also.

          • Gary

            Stop touting vegan as the right choice because it is no more safe than non-vegan choices. Why is it that people who are vegan have to get everyone else on board? It’s like you are going door to door trying to sell people on your choice.

            Just stop and let people make their own choices.

            What you don’t realize is that society benefits from diversity which even boils down to the food diversity between vegan and non-vegan. So instead of claiming vegan as the right choice let people make their own choices and celebrate in the diversity.

          • MaryFinelli

            “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” I give you facts, you continue contradicting them with nothing but wishful thinking in the futile attempt to justify your harmful appetite.

            People encourage others to be vegan out of concern about animal abuse and needless animal suffering, human health, human hunger, and environmental degradation.

            It’s not all about you. The choice to consume animals/animal products impacts others, lethally so for many. It impacts us all environmentally, and in the immense increase in health care and other societal costs due to the obesity, heart disease, cancer, etc., etc., etc., that the production and consumption of animal products contributes to.

            People can and do make their own choices. What they need is education in order to make informed, compassionate, responsible choices, like being vegan.

          • Gary

            I’m not denying anything. Please learn to read. All I am saying is that vegan based diet is no safer than a non vegan diet; you are only fooling yourself.

            I don’t know…do plants have a choice to be eaten or not? What about the plants! I do wonder, what is your stance with eating insects since that will be the next wave of food revolution. What about the insects and our environment!

          • MaryFinelli

            Gary, I have shown you evidence that a vegan diet is safer than a nonvegan one. All you have offered is baseless contradiction.

            Unlike animals, plants are not known to be sentient. However, if you are concerned about plants it is all the more reason to opt for a vegan diet since far more plants are killed in order to obtain animal products than if we consume plants directly.

            Vegans do not eat insects. Not intentionally, at least. There is no need or desire to do so.

          • Tom Woodbury-Chef

            The humorous point to this discussion regarding vegan vs non-vegan, as it relates to this specific news story. The bacterial offender didn’t come from the meat. The specific pathogen mentioned spreads via the fecal-oral route, meaning somebody didn’t wash their hands after they used the bathroom. The fish was not the offending party. Using the logic that’s been applied in this discussion thread, if you REALLY want to keep your food safe, make sure it hasn’t been touched by a human.

          • MaryFinelli

            That may be true to a point, but if you notice at the end of the article “foods of animal origin” are specifically called out in regard to Salmonella, and, as a general point, seafood has been deemed the most hazardous food by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

    • Tom Woodbury-Chef

      Perhaps my bacterial theory is a little rusty, but as I recall, the particular strain of salmonella in this outbreak is normally spread through human feces. Eating vegan may be a great lifestyle choice, but in this particular scenario, wouldn’t have actually prevented the outbreak.

      • dc0216

        You are correct!!!

  • MaryFinelli

    Tell that to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Certainly a much more credible source than you and your wishful thinking.

    • Gary

      Sure, nice cop out..don’t bother to vet your sources. My sources are from the CDC and FDA. Good job Mary…you have once again touted your “right mind” with little real credible thought behind it.

      • MaryFinelli

        Gary, characteristically, you are not making any sense. Your desperation is apparent.

      • Martin

        You seem like an intelligent person Gary, but you quote the FDA as a reliable source, when they are so corrupt and get most of their research funding from sponsors that are harming the environment, such as Monsanto? Now when we eat our “safest foods,” they contain the weed killer Roundup. On the other hand, the outbreaks of food-borned disease related to fruits and vegetables have been linked to animal farms waste. Please do your research. While you are at it, check out the Hunzas. They easily live to be 100 years old- healthy. No cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis. alzheimer’s, Crohn’s or any other of the maladies that we suffer here with our closed-minded animal depending diets. They just go to sleep and do not wake up. That is a natural death, instead of being bed-ridden for months and years like us here.

  • Dan Haggard

    Well spoken Mary,Martin,& Tom. Being vegan has so many benefits, one of the most being compassion. It is not about being satisfied with what are taste buds enjoy,therefore it is alright. It is about what is right and what is wrong. And something higher than ourselves supplies the answer to that.