Federal health officials are warning consumers against eating Citterio-brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks after the product has been linked to a growing salmonella outbreak.
According to a KTLA news report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a food safety alert advising consumers and businesses to not eat or serve these salami sticks.
Contaminated food products can cause serious illnesses and side effects, and could put consumers at risk.
Details of the Outbreak
The cured meat product was sold at Trader Joe’s grocery stores nationwide, but CDC officials say consumers should discard them regardless of where they were purchased. Trader Joe’s has voluntarily stopped selling this product in its stores nationwide until more information becomes available. It is not clear if Citterio had pulled the meat from the shelves, but officials say an investigation is underway to determine if more products may be tainted.
At least 20 people, most of them children, in eight states have been infected with the bacteria so far. Their illnesses reportedly began between Sept. 18 and Oct. 3. Three have been hospitalized although no one had died. Out of nine sickened people health officials interviewed, eight reported eating or maybe eating the salami snack before getting sick.
Cases have been reported in states including California, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. CDC officials have said the number of sick people is likely higher because it could take three to four weeks to determine whether an illness is part of an outbreak.
If You Have Been Affected
The symptoms of a salmonella infection typically begin between six hours and six days after consuming food tainted with the bacteria. While most people recover after four to seven days, many are also hospitalized because the infection spreads to the blood or other vital organs.
If you have severe or bloody diarrhea, a fever higher than 102°F, frequent vomiting, or experience signs of dehydration, it is crucial to get medical attention immediately. It is also important that you report your illness to the local healthcare agency, which tracks such illnesses and larger outbreaks.
Affected victims may also be well advised to contact an experienced California food poisoning lawyer who will help them receive compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, and pain and suffering.