The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert on Friday morning warning Americans to not eat contaminated sushi or sushi products and to avoid the contaminated foods.
The alert came just hours before President Donald Trump said the nation is at risk of catching a new pandemic because of imported sushi.
The warning came after a report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed that more than 1.3 million Americans had become sick with food poisoning because of tainted sushi.
That figure was up from 1.15 million on Thursday.
The U.N. agency said Friday it is calling on countries around the world to limit the importation of imported products.
“Foodborne illness is the leading cause of death in the U, and food poisoning, like coronavirus, is one of the leading killers of children and young people in the world,” said Johnathon Bienenstock, the U’s senior food safety officer.
According to the U., imported sushi accounted for more than two-thirds of the infections reported in 2017.
That includes a whopping 10,000 cases of food poisoning worldwide, or about one case every nine hours.
Food poisoning is one the leading causes of death from coronaviruses.
It is a chronic, lifelong disease, and is caused by an inorganic substance called an indole alkaloid.
The U.NSF reported that as of late March, over 500,000 people had died of foodborne illness in the United States, with more than 10,500 of those deaths attributed to contaminated food.
The U, however, says there is no evidence that foreign food is a major contributor to foodborne illnesses.