According a notice issued today, April 16th, by the US Food and Drug Administration, Jensen Tuna of Louisiana has begun a voluntary recall of frozen ground tuna imported from JK Fish of Vietnam because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall is in response to the Center for Disease Control’s and the FDA’s investigation of 13 confirmed illnesses caused by Salmonella, including 4 in Washington. As of today, the ground tuna samples were found negative for Salmonella.
The product was sold to wholesalers in Washington as well as in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota and New York. The product was distributed from November 30, 2018 to March 15, 2019.
The frozen product is individually packaged in clear plastic one-pound bags and sold in white wax 20-pound boxes. The product is only sold as a wholesale case with twenty bags in each case. The lot numbers are z266, z271 and z272.
Wholesalers further distribute the product to restaurants and retail locations.
FDA officials say it is unlikely the recalled ground tuna is or has been sold as-is to consumers in grocery stores. It is more likely it would be used in food dishes sold by restaurants or retailers.
Restaurants and retailers should check with their suppliers and not sell or serve recalled frozen ground tuna and should wash and sanitize locations where recalled ground tuna was stored. Consumers with concerns should ask their restaurants and retailers whether the tuna dish they are purchasing contained the recalled ground tuna.
The four ill people in Washington include residents of Grays Harbor (1), King (2) and Spokane (1) Counties. All have recovered and none were hospitalized according to the FDA.
No other tuna products are impacted or part of this recall.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Most people infected with Salmonella develop symptoms within 12 to 72 hours after infections, according to the FDA. The illness, marked by diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, usually lasts 4 to 7 days.
Consumers or retailers can contact Jensen Tuna at 985-868-8809 (Monday-Friday, 8am to 3pm, Central time) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.