A few days ago, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert warning buyers not to consume certain Euro Food salami sticks. An ongoing health investigation revealed that 21 people in eight states developed salmonellosis after consuming the meat product.
The FSIS explained at the time that it had not identified contaminated batches, and therefore did not issue a recall. But the agency updated the alert on Wednesday to a full recall. It turns out that Citterio Italian salami sticks sold in specific locations still contained traces of Salmonella. Furthermore, the number of people who have fallen ill has now risen to 31.
The initial Salmonella alert for salami sticks
At the time of the initial health alert, FSIS believed that consumers could no longer buy contaminated meat products in stores. But the agency feared that some customers might still have packages of salami sticks at home. They advised not to consume the meat, but rather to return it or throw it away. People who suspected a case of salmonellosis were asked to contact a doctor.
Ingestion of food containing Salmonella bacteria leads to symptomatic illness, with signs appearing between 6 hours and 6 days after eating the contaminated product. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. The disease lasts 4 to 7 days and most people do not need treatment. However, some patients may require medical attention or even hospitalization.
FSIS explains in the meat recall press release that worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners to investigate the Salmonella outbreak. The number of infected people reached 31, in 10 states. Symptoms began between September 19 and October 18. Investigations showed that people were consuming Euro Foods Citterio Italian salami sticks.
In October 29 Public health alert, the agency noted that there were 21 cases in 8 states at the time.
The call of the meat of Euro Foods
FSIS found that the salami sticks were still available for sale in some retail outlets after the late-October alarm. The California Department of Public Health collected two samples of Citterio salami sticks that tested positive for Salmonella.
Considering these developments, Euro Foods is recalling 119,091 pounds of salami stick products that could be contaminated with Salmonella. The company produced the recalled Citterio salami sticks before October 25, 2021. They were available in retail outlets nationwide and in Bermuda.
The recall includes the following product packaging:
- 2-oz. packages containing Citterio’s “Premium ALL NATURAL Italian salami skewers” with an expiration date by January 23, 2022, positioned next to the barcode.
The announcement notes that recalled products carry the factory number “EST 4010” within the USDA inspection mark. The label image can be seen at this link.
What you should do
FSIS is still concerned that people may have salami sticks in their pantries or refrigerators. As before, the agency urges consumers not to eat these meat products. Shoppers should return potentially contaminated meat products to the place of purchase or throw them out.
If you suspect that you have recently consumed these meat sticks, you can always consult a doctor. The symptoms of salmonellosis may take a few days to develop in some people.
Finally, check out the full FSIS announcement at this link, where you will find contact information for Euro Foods and USDA.