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Tuna recalled following salmonella outbreak

A bowl of raw tuna is shown in this undated file photo.

April 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A California company is recalling thousands of pounds of tuna product after the government says it's been linked to an outbreak of salmonella.

Moon Marine USA Corp., also known as MMI, is voluntarily recalling 58,828 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna.

It was labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA when it was sold to grocery stores and restaurants. The tuna is scraped off the fish bones and looks like a ground product. It is not available for sale to individual consumers but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar dishes available in restaurants and grocery stores.

The Food and Drug Administration said 116 people have been sickened. Of the ill, 12 people were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

Illnesses have been reported in these states and the District of Columbia: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (5), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), As Georgia (5), Illinois (10), Louisiana (2), Maryland (11), Massachusetts (8), Mississippi (1), Missouri (2), New Jersey (7), New York (24), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (5), South Carolina (3), Texas (3), Virginia (5), and Wisconsin (12).

The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food. The illness can be severe or even life-threatening for infants, older people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.