UPDATED October 28 A Salmonella outbreak linked to Fratelli Beretta antipasto trays has ended after sickening 40 people in 17 states. Twelve people were hospitalized. The antipasto trays, containing salami, prosciutto, coppa, and soppressata were sold at Costco stores.
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Italian-Style Meat Salmonella Outbreak
This outbreak includes 40 illnesses caused by two Salmonella strains. Twenty-six people were sickened by Salmonella Typhimurium and 14 people were sickened by Salmonella Infantis. Health officials used whole genome sequencing to identify the genetic “fingerprint” of the Salmonella strains cultured from these patients. People sickened by matching fingerprints ate the same contaminated food.
State and local public health officials interviewed 28 outbreak patients about the foods they ate in the week before they got sick. Of the 28 people interviewed, 26 (93 percent) reported eating a variety of Italian-style meats. Among 15 people who remembered the specific product they ate or had shopper card records showing a purchase, 14 had eaten Fratelli Beretta brand prepackaged Uncured Antipasto trays sold at Costco stores.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from 1 to 91 years old, said they first became ill on dates ranging from May 9, 2021, to August 16, 2021.
The number of illnesses reported from each state is as follows: Arizona (5), California (8), Colorado (1), Illinois (5), Indiana (1) Maryland (1), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), Nevada (1), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (2), Texas (3), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (2) and Wisconsin (1).
Fratelli Beretta Antipasto Recall
After the CDC identified Fratelli Beretta antipasto trays as the source of this outbreak, the Mount Olive, NJ-based company issued a recall on August 27, 2021. The recall included about 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto products produced by Fratelli Beretta between February 28, 2021, and August 15, 2021. They recalled antipasto trays had “best by” dates of AUG 27 21 through FEB 11 22 and the UPC code 073541305316. The establishment number “EST. 7543B” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection on the product label.
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This post was originally published on August 24.
UPDATE – This post was updated on August 26 to include information about a product the CDC has identified as associated with this outbreak, Fratelli Beretta brand prepackaged Uncured Antipasto trays.
UPDATE – This post was updated on August 27 to include information about a product withdrawal at Costco strores.
UPDATE – This post was updated on October 28 to include information about the CDC’s final update on this outbreak.