Salmonella outbreak linked to salami snacks sold at Trader Joe’s
Snacks wrapped in salam sticks sold primarily in Trader Joe’s stores have been linked to possible salmonella contamination, sickening people in eight states, including Michigan, health officials have warned.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the food safety alert on Saturday afternoon, citing the Citterio brand of premium Italian-style salami sticks as the likely source of the outbreak.
Trader Joe’s stores have voluntarily stopped selling the products in their stores nationwide, according to the CDC.
People shouldn’t eat the premium-quality Citterio brand Italian-style salam sticks, according to the CDC, purchased from Trader Joe’s or any other store. If you have the product, regardless of the expiration date, the CDC says it should be thrown away. The CDC also advises people to wash items and surfaces that may have touched the products using hot, soapy water or a dishwasher.
The CDC alert says there have been 20 people who have fallen ill in eight states. So far in Michigan, three people have fallen ill, according to the CDC’s epidemic map.
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Those who fell ill ranged from 2 to 75, with a median age of 11, according to survey details. Three people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Most of those who have fallen ill are under the age of 18.
“Children are more likely to get very sick from salmonella,” says the CDC.
Although a total of 20 people have reportedly been infected, the number of sick people is likely much higher, according to the CDC.
“This is because many infected people are recovering without medical attention and are not being tested for salmonella,” the CDC said.
Of the nine people questioned about the foods they ate before getting sick, eight said they ate or possibly ate the salami sticks, according to the CDC.
This outbreak is a different strain of Salmonella and is unrelated to the ongoing outbreaks. Over the past week, the CDC linked raw onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, to an ongoing salmonella outbreak in 37 states, including Michigan, which was first reported in August.
About salmonella infections
- Symptoms of a salmonella infection included diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. They typically appear six hours to six days after being exposed to the bacteria, according to the CDC.
- Salmonella can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
- The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.
- In rare cases, infection with salmonella can lead to death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
- People with weakened immune systems, children under 5, and adults over 65 are more likely to have serious illness.
If you have severe symptoms of salmonella, contact your health care provider.
According to the CDC, serious symptoms of salmonella include:
- Diarrhea and fever over 102 degrees.
- Diarrhea for more than three days that does not improve.
- Bloody diarrhea.
- So much vomiting that you can’t hold back fluids.
- Signs of dehydration, such as little urination, dry mouth and throat, feeling dizzy when standing.
Tips from the CDC to help prevent salmonella infection
- To clean: Wash your hands and surfaces often. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating, cutting or peeling them.
- Separate: Keep foods that will not be cooked before eating, such as fresh fruit, salads, and cold cuts, away from raw meats, poultry, and seafood.
- To cook: At a temperature high enough to kill germs. Ground beef, veal, pork and lamb should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. All poultry products should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Coldness: Refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours; 1 hour if it’s 90 degrees or more outside.
The CDC estimates that the salmonella bacteria cause more than one million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths in the United States each year, and most illnesses come from food.
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