Salmonellosis Linked to Imported Tuna


In a May 9th 2019 release the Food and Drug Administration announced that JK Fish of Vietnam was added to import alert 16-120 allowing the Agency to detain product without physical sampling and analysis.

This action was taken following isolation of Salmonella Newport from samples of ground tuna imported to the U.S. and sold to restaurants and food service companies. Thirteen illnesses have been diagnosed and confirmed with two hospitalizations. Seven states have recorded cases ranging from Connecticut to Washington.

 On April 15th, Jensen Tuna voluntarily recalled frozen ground tuna following the initial diagnoses. The Centers for Disease Control and state public health authorities analyzed information leading to ground tuna as the most probable vehicle for infection and FDA established the trace-back to Jensen Tuna and their supplier in Vietnam.