4 people in Washington sickened in Salmonella outbreak

4 people in Washington sickened in Salmonella outbreak

Thirteen people in seven states have been sickened with salmonella since January, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

Four of those people are in Washington state. Four are in North Dakota. Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York have all reported one case.

The source of the outbreak is believed to be Jensen Tuna Inc.’s frozen raw ground tuna, imported from JK Fish of Vietnam. The company, which is based out of Louisiana, has issued a voluntary recall for three lots of individually packaged 1-pound bags and 20-pound boxes. The lots are Nos. z266, z271, and z272.

So far, the products which have been tested for Salmonella have been negative.

The product was sold to wholesalers in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington. These wholesalers further distribute the product to restaurants and retail locations.

CDC officials said it is unlikely the products in question were sold directly to consumers in grocery stores. “Rather,” the CDC said Tuesday, “it was likely used in food dishes sold by restaurants or retailers. Consumers with concerns should ask their restaurants and retailers whether the tuna dish they are purchasing contains the recalled ground tuna.”

Contact your health care provider if you think you may have become ill.

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