Tuna scrape, the ground tuna product used in spicy tuna sushi rolls, is suspected to be behind the outbreak of salmonella that has sickened at least 200 people, the CDC reported Thursday.
At least 200 people have now fallen ill from an outbreak of salmonella traced to the "tuna scrape" used in spicy tuna sushi rolls, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.
That outbreak actually involves not one but two strains, salmonella Bareilly strain and salmonella Nchanga, the latter of which the CDC said is "extremely rare" in the United States.
The outbreak spans 21 states and Washington, D.C, with the most people affected in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the CDC.
Of the 200 reported victims, 28 of them had been hospitalized, but nobody had died.
And of the five people on whom the CDC had such information, all of them had eaten sushi — four of them spicy tuna rolls specifically — in the week before they got sick.
Two lawsuits have already been filed over the outbreak against Moon Marine USA Corp., suspected to be the source of the tainted tuna scrape, according to MSNBC. The company has already recalled 58,828 pounds of the frozen product, MSNBC reported.
The CDC said the outbreak could keep growing as more reports of illness surface.