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What Ingredient is the cause of the 19 State Salmonella Sushi Outbreak?

With A total of 100 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly having been reported in 19 states and the District of Columbia, you have to wonder what ingredient is the cause.  Looking at three recipes (there are dozens of others) there are some ingredient similarities, and some that have been linked to past Salmonella outbreaks.

Chef Setsuko Yoshizuka

6 cups prepared sushi rice

4 sheets nori (dried seaweed)

1 Tbsp. white sesame seeds

1/2 lb. sushi/sashimi grade tuna (maguro)

1 Tbsp. mayonnaise

1/2 tsp. ichimi-togarashi (ground dried red chili pepper)

Chef Emeril Lagasse

1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons hot chile paste

1 teaspoon hot chile oil

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

4 sheets toasted seaweed (yakinori)

Prepared sushi rice (at least 3 cups cooked rice), recipe follows

1/2 pound sushi-quality fresh tuna, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips

Wasabi paste

2 tablespoons finely sliced scallions

3 tablespoons toasted black sesame seeds

Chef Tyler Florence

1/2 cup fresh, raw tuna, cubed

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 dashes red pepper sauce

Nori seaweed

Prepared sushi rice

1 bunch radish sprouts