The CDC has named Fratelli Beretta brand uncured antipasto trays sold at Costco as the source of Salmonella infections that are part of an outbreak that has sickened 36 people in 17 states. Twelve people have been hospitalized.

Health officials used whole genome sequencing to identify the genetic “fingerprint” of the Salmonella strain cultured from these patients and found that two fingerprints were associated with these illnesses, Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Infantis. Eighty-eight percent of the people sickened in this outbreak reported eating Italian-style meats typically included in antipasto or charcuterie trays before they became ill.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include fever, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea, usually develop within six to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. The people sickened in this antipasto and charcuterie meat Salmonella outbreak reported the onset of Salmonella symptoms on dates ranging from May 9, 2021, to July 27, 2021.

Health officials have interviewed 25 of the 36 people sickened. Of the 15 people who remembered the specific product they had purchased or had shopper card records showing a purchase, 14 purchased Fratelli Beretta uncured antipasto trays.

Fratelli Beretta uncured antipasto trays include salami, prosciutto, coppa, or soppressata meats. These vacuum-sealed plastic packages had “best by” dates on or before February 11, 2022, and were sold nationwide at Costco and other stores. Consumers who have purchased these items should not eat them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that as the investigation continues other products may also be identified.

This outbreak includes 36 illnesses from 17 states. The case count from each state is as follows: Arizona (5), California (7), Colorado (1), Illinois (4), Indiana (1) Maryland (1), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), Nevada (1), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (2) and Wisconsin (1).

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