CDC Identifies Possible Source of Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Italian Meats
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to Americans that Italian-style meats may be responsible for an outbreak of Salmonella in the U.S. They encouraged people to heat these meats to kill any possibly deadly bacteria. Now, the federal agency believes they have found a connection among the cases: Fratelli Beretta brand prepackaged "Uncured Antipasto" trays.
To date, 36 illnesses in 17 states have been linked to consuming Italian-style meats. Of those, 12 people required hospitalizations, but no deaths have been reported. There are no recalls on these products.
The CDC says the brand's Uncured Antipasto trays may be contaminated with Salmonella. In their research, public health officials were able to interview several people who had been infected with either Salmonella Infantis or Salmonella Typhimurium.
Of the 25 people officials were able to speak with, 22 (or 88 percent) reported eating a variety of Italian-style meats prior to falling ill. Of those, 15 remembered specific products or had shopper card records that researchers could access, and 14 had purchased Fratelli Beretta brand prepackaged Uncured Antipasto trays.
These illnesses started on dates ranging from May 9, 2021 to July 27, 2021. The CDC says there may be more illnesses caused by the meats than is currently reported, as some people are able to recover at home from a Salmonella infection and are never diagnosed with the infection.
If you have these products, or if you have any Italian-style deli meats without packaging, the CDC recommends you throw these out immediately. Do not consume them.
According to the CDC, Fratelli Beretta brand prepackaged Uncured Antipasto trays:
- Are sold nationwide
- Are sold in vacuum-sealed plastic packages
- Can include uncured salami, prosciutto, coppa, or soppressata
- Have "best by" dates on or before February 11, 2022
- This does not include Italian-style meats sliced at a deli
Salmonella infections can cause serious illness. Infants, children, seniors, and people with compromised immune systems are at increased risk for serious complications from an infection.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. These symptoms typically begin 12 to 72 hours after you eat the contaminated food. The illness can last four to seven days in healthy individuals. More severe cases may require hospitalization.