Salmonella outbreak: Do not eat Citterio-branded Salame Sticks, warns CDC

WASHINGTON – This was announced by federal health officials on Saturday that at least 20 people in eight states became ill in a salmonella outbreak associated with cured meats.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned companies and consumers not to eat, sell or serve Italian-style Citterio brand Premium Salame Sticks. The product is sold at Trader Joe’s and can be found in other grocery stores throughout the country.

The CDC said eight out of nine people interviewed about their illnesses had reported having eaten or perhaps eaten Citterio salami sticks. Of the 20 reported diseases, three required hospitalization.

States with reported cases are California, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.

Health officials said anyone with Salame Sticks at home should throw them away and wash containers that may have touched the meat.

Investigators are working to determine if other foods were contaminated.

MORE: If you do not know where your onions came from, throw them away to prevent salmonella, the CDC says

Fratelli Beretta’s Italian-style meats, including its pre-packaged salamis, was associated with a summer salmonella outbreak who ill 36 in 17 states.

Recently, a food safety warning was sent earlier this week has linked onions to more than 650 salmonella cases and nearly 130 related admissions.

“Do not throw away unlabeled onions at home. Do not eat, sell or serve red, white or yellow onions imported from Mexico and distributed throughout the United States by ProSource Inc,” the CDC warned in a tweet.

An estimated 1.35 million salmonella cases occur annually in the United States, with about 420 deaths, According to the CDC. Infection usually occurs by eating food contaminated with animal feces.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. More vulnerable populations may experience more serious illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization, according to the CDC.

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