USA – Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Salami Sticks

CDC

Do not eat, sell, or serve Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks. They were sold at Trader Joe’s and Wegmans and may be sold at other grocery stores. This outbreak is especially concerning because most of the sick people are younger than 18.

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Fast Facts

  • Illnesses: 21  (1 new)
  • Hospitalizations: 6  (3 new)
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 8
  • Recall: No
  • Investigation status: Active

Contaminated Food

Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks

  • Sold at Trader Joe’s and Wegmans
  • May be sold at other stores

Fifteen people were interviewed about foods they ate before getting sick, and fourteen (93%) reported eating or maybe eating this product. Investigators are still working to determine if additional products may be contaminated.What You Should Do

  • Do not eat Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks with any best-by date. Throw them away.
  • Wash items and containers that may have touched the product using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not peeing much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up

What Businesses Should Do

  • Do not sell or serve Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with the product.

Symptoms of Salmonella

  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
    • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
  • Some people—especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems—may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page.

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