Trader Joe’s salami sticks linked to salmonella outbreak – Daily News
NEW SALMONELLA OUTBREAK: Do not eat Citterio brand Premium Italian Salam Sticks with an expiration date. They were mainly sold in Trader Joe’s grocery stores. For more information: https://t.co/dnYd0YhkvU pic.twitter.com/qCRHD21Pdr
– CDC (@CDCgov) 23 October 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised consumers to avoid eating Citterio-branded premium Italian-style salam sticks on Saturday, October 23, after the product was linked to a salmonella outbreak in California and in seven other states.
The sticks are known to be sold at Trader Joe’s grocery stores, but the CDC says consumers should get rid of them no matter where they were purchased.
“Trader Joe’s has voluntarily stopped selling this product in its stores nationwide until we know more,” the CDC said in an investigation released Saturday.
It was not clear whether Citterio had removed the meat from the shelves, but the CDC says investigators are working with the company “to determine next steps and if additional products may be contaminated.”
Twenty people were infected on Friday, their illness starting between September 18 and October 3. Three were hospitalized and none died.
Eight of those infected are from California. The remaining cases have been reported in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York State and Virginia.
Nine of the people who fell ill were interviewed and all said they had eaten salami sticks. Eight of them “declared having eaten or perhaps eaten this product”, details the report.
The report says data shows the sticks “can be contaminated with salmonella and make people sick.”
The agency also advised consumers to wash items and containers that may have touched the product in hot, soapy water.
CDC warns the number of sick people is likely higher as it typically takes 3 to 4 weeks “to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak” and “many people recover without medical attention and go untested for salmonella “.
The investigation is continuing with the help of state public health officials and the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Department.
Symptoms of salmonella
Symptoms of the disease typically begin between six hours and six days after swallowing the bacteria, the CDC explains. And most people recover after 4-7 days without treatment.
The center says people should call their doctor if they experience any of these salmonella symptoms:
- Diarrhea and fever over 102 ° F
- Diarrhea for more than 3 days that does not improve
- Bloody diarrhea
- So much vomiting that you can’t hold back fluids
- Signs of dehydration, such as little peeing, dry mouth and throat, or feeling dizzy when standing up