Sushi has been growing in popularity in recent years and has become a familiar sight in sandwich bars and supermarket sandwich aisles. It is easy to forget, however, that eating raw fish can be risky.
A fish processor in California has been forced to recall nearly twenty-seven thousand kilograms of yellowfin tuna products recently, due to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning. The products are sold to restaurants and supermarkets rather than to individuals, but this may make it more difficult for people to identify.
Over one hundred people from twenty different states have now been reported to have contracted the food poisoning bug having eaten the raw fish product. The largest number of cases has been in New York, and a number of people have been hospitalised.
Food fashions may be having an effect on our eating habits, but unfortunately, this can create problems. The process of cooking can kill most pathogens present in raw foods, making them safe to eat. Sadly, the trend for cooking our fish, meat and veg less is also increasing the likelihood of such outbreaks.
For those working in the food industry, it is essential that they undertake adequate food safety training to ensure that these risks are kept to an absolute minimum.