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Louisiana-based tuna supplier linked to Salmonella outbreak

Posted at 2:35 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 15:35:52-04

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked a Louisiana-based tuna supplier to a recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella.

A voluntary recall of frozen ground tuna has been issued by Jensen Tuna out of Houma, Louisiana. The frozen product was imported by the company from JK Fish of Vietnam.

The FDA says that the tuna has sickened a total of 13 people in seven states. Two of those cases resulted in hospitalizations.  The illnesses were reported from January 8, 2019, to March 20, 2019.

No deaths have been reported from the outbreak.

The ground tuna, according to the FDA, was likely sold to restaurants and retailers for use in food dishes rather than directly to consumers. The tuna was distributed to the following states: Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington.

The tuna was not distributed to Louisiana, but the FDA says that products could have been distributed to other states.

The affected tuna product was packaged in one-pound bags and sold in 20-pound boxes with the lot numbers z266, z271, and z272.

The FDA advises restaurants and retailers who received the frozen ground tuna to not sell or serve the product. They should also wash and sanitize locations where the recalled tuna was stored or prepared.