166 Illness Linked to Frozen Raw Yellowfin Tuna Product; Salmonella in Sushi Source of Illness

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This Food Safety Infosheet describes a 2012 outbreak of salmonella linked to a yellowfin tuna product used in sushi. The product was not sold directly to consumers, but used by food service companies to make sushi.


  • Among the 166 illnesses are 12 hospitalizations.
  • The implicated product, processed and distributed by Moon Marine USA Corporation (also known as MMI) of Cupertino, Calif. is made of tuna back meat, which is scraped off the bones and looks like ground product.
  • The product is not available for sale to individual consumers, but may have been used in food service and retail to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar dishes.
  • Moon Marine USA Corporation or MMI and Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA were printed on boxes of the product when it was initially sold to distributors. Boxes may have been broken into smaller lots for further sale.

Article first appeared on foodsafetyinfosheets.org