FSIS issues public health alert for salam stick products due to possible salmonella contamination

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2021 – The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert because Euro Foods, in Freeland, Penn. facility, produces ready-to-eat (RTE) Italian salam sticks that may be contaminated with Salmonella. A recall has not been requested as FSIS has not identified any specific contaminated lot or lots, and potentially affected products are believed to be no longer available for direct purchase by retail consumers.

The items in Italian salam sticks were produced before October 25, 2021. The following product is subject to public health alert [view labels]:

  • 2 oz packs containing Citterio’s “Premium ALL NATURAL Italian Style Salam Sticks” with “best before” dates through January 23, 2022, located next to the barcode.

Products subject to public health alert carry the establishment number “EST. 4010 “inside USDA inspection mark. These items have been shipped to retail outlets nationwide and exported to Bermuda.

FSIS worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners to investigate a multi-state outbreak of 21 Salmonella i 4,[5], 12: i: – diseases in eight states with onset dates ranging from September 18, 2021 to October 3, 2021. The epidemiological and tracing investigation identified that sick people consumed Citterio Italian salam sticks produced by Euro Foods Inc. FSIS continues to work with federal and state public health partners to determine if there are other illnesses associated with these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 6 hours to 6 days of consuming the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some people, however, the diarrhea can be so severe that the patient must be hospitalized. The elderly, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness. People concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products must be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the USDA’s Free Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live via Ask the USDA 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages on Ask the USDA or email a question to [email protected] For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the electronic online consumer complaint monitoring system is available 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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