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Sushi linked to salmonella outbreak in 20 states


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The Food and Drug Administration announced a recall Monday of about 59,000 pounds of yellowfin tuna that has sickened 116 people in 20 states across the US including D.C.

"Many of the people who became ill reported eating raw tuna in sushi as 'spicy tuna,' " the FDA said in statement.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the salmonella outbreak is the result of an unusual bacteria called salmonella Bareilly.

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California-based Moon Marine USA Corporation voluntarily recalled 58,828 pounds of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, labeled as "Nakaochi Scrape AA" or AAA.

Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product, prompting National Public Radio to ask Is 'Tuna Scrape' The 'Pink Slime' Of Sushi?

Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia told NPR it was the first he had heard of tuna scrape.

The fish is used in sushi, sashimi, cerviche, and other raw fish-dishes. 12 out of the 116 people have been hospitalized and nobody has died, according to CBS News.

The outbreak has reached Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.