USDA Issues Public Alert on Salam Sticks Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
The Food Safety and Food Inspection Department of the United States Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert because Euro Foods, in Freeland, Penn. establishment, produces ready-to-eat Italian salami sticks that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The alert is linked to an outbreak linked to Citterio-branded premium-quality Italian salam sticks sold at Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a multi-state epidemic on Saturday evening involving 21 Salmonella diseases in eight states with three hospitalizations. He had no deaths.
A recall has not been requested as FSIS has not identified any specific contaminated lot or lots, and potentially affected products are believed to be no longer available for direct purchase by retail consumers.
The Italian salami stick items were produced before October 25, 2021.
The following product is subject to public health alert:
- 2 oz packs containing Citterio’s “Premium ALL NATURAL Premium Italian Salam Sticks” with “best before” dates through January 23, 2022, located next to the barcode.
The products are subject to the public health alert bearing the establishment number “EST. 4010 “inside USDA inspection mark. These items have been shipped to retail outlets nationwide and exported to Bermuda.
FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers.
Consumers who have purchased the products are urged not to consume them. These products must be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.
About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria usually does not look, smell or taste bad. Anyone can get a Salmonella infection, but infants, children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are weak, according to the CDC.
Anyone who has consumed any of the products listed above and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should see a doctor. Sick people should tell their doctor about possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria, as special tests are needed to diagnose salmonellosis. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnoses.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, the diarrhea can be so severe that patients must be hospitalized.
Older people, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop serious illness and serious conditions, which can sometimes be fatal.
Some people may be infected with the bacteria and not get sick or have no symptoms, but can still pass the infection on to others.
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