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Tuna Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Was Also Sold to Restaurants

The distribution company has issued a recall.

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Things are not looking good for sushi lovers: The raw tuna linked to a salmonella outbreak across 11 states was likely distributed to restaurants. The 60 people that have been infected so far are thought to have caught the bacteria from sushi sold in grocery stores. However, according to the Food and Drug Administration, California-based fish distribution company Osamu Corporation also sold the frozen raw yellow fin tuna in bulk to restaurants. The company has issued a voluntary recall.

The recalled tuna was sourced from a processing plant in Indonesia and sold to a company called AFC which has "sushi franchises nationwide in many different grocery stores and it is sold from sushi counters." The company has removed the tuna from the marketplace and is destroying any remaining product it still has. The FDA suggests that customers that are concerned about the outbreak ask the restaurant or grocery store where its fish is sourced from. 

Salmonella is a common source of food poisoning. The organism can cause "serious and sometimes fatal infections" in children and the elderly. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.