Charcuterie meats such as salami, prosciutto, coppa, and soppressata are linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 36 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twelve people have been hospitalized.
August 27, 2021 UPDATE Health officials identified Fratelli Beretta antipasto trays as a source of this outbreak. These items, in plastic packages with “best by” dates on or before February 11, 2022, were sold at Costco stores between February 18, 2021 and August 18, 2021.
Charcuterie Meat Salmonella Outbreak
This charcuterie meat Salmonella outbreak includes 36 illnesses in 17 states caused by two Salmonella strains, Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Infantis. Using whole genome sequencing to identify the genetic “fingerprint” of the Salmonella strain cultured from these patients, health officials determined that two fingerprints were associated with these illnesses. People sickened by matching fingerprints ate the same contaminated food.
The illnesses have been reported from the following states 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).
Salmonella Typhimurium Illnesses
Most of the illnesses, 23 of them, were reported among people ranging in age from 4 to 91 years old who developed Salmonella Typhimurium infections after eating meats commonly found in antipasto or used to assemble charcuterie boards such as salami, prosciutto, coppa, and soppressata. They mentioned purchasing several brands. Nine people were hospitalized.
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 Salmonella Typhimurium patients in this outbreak said they first began experiencing Salmonella symptoms on dates ranging from May 30, 2021, to July 27, 2021.
Salmonella Infantis Illnesses
Thirteen people, ranging in age from 1 to 74 years old, developed Salmonella Infantis infections after eating these meats. Three were hospitalized. These patients, who reported the onset of symptoms on dates ranging from May 9, 2021, to June 24, 2021, also mentioned several brand names.
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