Three other states and a city in Japan may have tainted seaweed from Hawaii, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday.
Marine Agrifuture, LLC. of Kahuku, Hawaii, is recalling its Kahuku Ogo, Robusta Ogo and Kahuku Sea Asparagus because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
The recalled seaweed were distributed mainly in Hawaii to seafood and produce distributors through direct delivery, but also to some customers in California, Washington, Nevada, Tokyo and retailed at local farmers markets in Hawaii.
Fourteen cases of Salmonella on Oahu have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after special tests by the Hawaii Department of Health revealed the presence of Salmonella in saltwater in the farm production and processing areas.
Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.