UPDATED November 22, 2021- A recall has been issued in the Salmonella outbreak linked to Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks sold at Trader Joe’s, Wegmans and other stores. The salami stick Salmonella outbreak includes 31 people in 10 states, most of them children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Six people have been hospitalized.

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USDA FSIS Issues a Public Health Alert for Salami Sticks

After the outbreak was announced by the CDC on October 25, 2021, Trader Joe’s stopped selling this product, but neither Citterio nor Trader Joe’s issued a recall for this salami product.

On October 27, 2021, the CDC announced that salami sticks were also being sold at Wegmans stores. This was discovered when, during interviews with health officials, one of the outbreak patients stated named Wegmans as the store where they purchased the product. At that time, Wegmans did not issue a recall.

Also on October 27, Food Poisoning Bulletin reported that the Citterio salami sticks were part of the company’s September Facebook giveaway. In this promotion, winners received salami sticks linked to the multistate outbreak.

On October 29, 2021, USDA FSIS issued a public health alert for Citterio “Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks ALL NATURAL” with “best by” dates up to January 23, 2022. These products have the establishment number “EST. 4010” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

At the time, the USDA FSIS said it did not request a recall from the product manufacturer because a specific lot or lots of potentially contaminated salami sticks have not been identified and the products are no longer being sold at Trader Joe’s and Wegmans.

Citterio Salami Stick Recall

On November 10, 2021, Euro Foods of Freeland, PA issued a salami stick recall. The recall includes 119,091 pounds of salami sticks produced prior to October 25, 2021. They were sold nationwide and in Bermuda. The recalled products have the following information:

  • 2-oz. packages of Citterio “Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks ALL NATURAL”
  • “best by” dates through January 23, 2022, located next to the barcode.
  • “EST. 4010” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The recalled salami sticks were sold nationwide at Trader Joe’s stores, at Wegmans stores in NJ, NY, MA, PA, VA, and at other stores including:

  • Cantoro Italian Market and Vince and Joe’s Fruit Markets in Michigan
  • M&M Wines in New Jersey
  • Olindo Cash & Carry in New York
  • Alesci’s of Shoregate,  Chuppa’s Marketplace, Corbo’s Bakery Placehouse Square, DeVitis Fine Italian Foods, Di Stefano’s, Fligner’s Food Market, Fragapane Bakeries, Gentiles Imported Italian Foods,  Jimmyu’s Italina Food Specialites, Pepper’s Farm Market, Produce Palace, Sweetberry Fresh Farm Market, and Vermilion Market in Ohio
  • Lin’s Hurricane, Macey’s, Dan’s Market, Fresh Market stores in Utah
  • Jubilee Foods and Crystal Falls in Wisconsin

Salami Stick Salmonella Outbreak

Epidemiologic and traceback investigations identified Citterio Italian-style Salame Sticks as the source of this outbreak. Health officials interviewed 23 patients, all of them said they ate salami sticks before they became ill. All but one of them reported eating Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks.

Health officials used whole genome sequencing to identify the genetic fingerprint of the Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- strain that sickened these patients. The cultures from all of the patients had matching fingerprints.

The patients range in age from 1 to 75 years old, but most, 77 percent, are under the age of 18. The median age of outbreak patients is 7 years old.

The number of illnesses reported from each state is: California (12), Illinois (4), Kansas (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (3), Minnesota (3), New Jersey (2), New York (1), Pennsylvania (1) and Virginia (2).

Tests performed by the California Department of Public Health on two unopened packages of this product were positive for Salmonella. Further tests are underway to determine if the Salmonella strain found in the product matches the outbreak strain.

Salmonella Symptoms

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. Usually, these symptoms appear within six to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The people sickened in this outbreak reported the onset of illness on dates ranging from September 18, 2021, to October 18, 2021.

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UPDATE – This post was published on October 25, 2021, and updated on October 29 to include new information about the outbreak.

UPDATE- This post was updated on November 11, 2021, to include recall information and additional reports of illness.

UPDATE- This post was updated on November 12, 2021, to include information about the age of the patients and the states where new illnesses were reported.