MINNEAPOLIS — Fred Pritzker, a Minneapolis-based attorney who represents individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death food poisoning lawsuits, is calling for increased inspections of fish imports in the wake of emerging evidence that a massive U.S. salmonella outbreak may be linked to a single tuna processing facility in India.
The Food and Drug Administration has increased the number of foreign site inspections in recent years and also is responsible for inspections of seafood importers, but Congressional funding to the agency has not kept up with mandates for more food safety inspectors abroad and at our own borders, according to Pritzker.
"This outbreak provides further evidence that our national commitment to food safety inspections leaves much to be desired,'''' said Pritzker, founder of PritzkerOlsen, P.A., a national Salmonella litigation law firm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the likely source of the outbreak is raw yellowfin tuna product, known as Nakaochi Scrape, from Moon Marine USA Corporation of Cupertino, Calif.
A tuna recall was initiated and the focus now is determining how the fish became contaminated in the first place.
The tuna salmonella traceback investigation has centered on India, the CDC has said in its April 13, 2012 outbreak update.