UPDATED August 27 Fratelli Beretta antipasto trays have been identified as a source of a Salmonella outbreak linked to charcuterie meats such as salami, prosciutto, coppa, and soppressata that has sickened 36 people in 17 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Twelve people have been hospitalized.

The CDC reported on August 26 that Fratelli Beretta was named by 14 of the 15 outbreak patients who could recall a specific brand name or had shopper card records of their purchases. These patients reported eating Fratelli Beretta brand prepackaged Uncured Antipasto trays with “best by” dates on or before February 11, 2022, before they became ill. These items were sold at Costco between February 18, 2021 and August 18, 2021.

Fratelli Beretta has not issued a recall for these items but began notifying Costco members who have purchased them of a product withdrawal on August 27.  The withdrawal notice does not mention the Salmonella outbreak.

Consumers who have purchased these antipasto trays should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. Fratelli Beretta brand Italian-style meats sliced at deli counters are not associated with this outbreak. Other products may be identified as the investigation of the outbreak continues.

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Charcuterie Meat Salmonella Outbreak

This outbreak includes 36 illnesses caused by two Salmonella strains, Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Infantis. Health officials used whole genome sequencing to identify the genetic “fingerprint” of the Salmonella strain cultured from these patients and found that two fingerprints were associated with these illnesses. People sickened by matching fingerprints ate the same contaminated food.

The number of illnesses reported from each state is as follows: Arizona (5), California (7), Colorado (1), Illinois (4), Indiana (1) Maryland (1), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), Nevada (1), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (2) and Wisconsin (1).

Salmonella Typhimurium Illnesses

Twenty-three people, who range in age from 4 to 91 years old, developed Salmonella Typhimurium infections after eating meats commonly found in antipasto or used to assemble charcuterie boards such as salami, prosciutto, coppa, and soppressata. Several brands were mentioned. Nine people were hospitalized.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include fever, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea, usually develop within six to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. The Salmonella Typhimurium patients in this outbreak reported onset of illness on dates ranging from May 30, 2021, to July 27, 2021.

Salmonella Infantis Illnesses

Thirteen people ranging in age from 1 to 74 years old developed Salmonella Infantis infections after eating these meats. Three of them were hospitalized. They reported experiencing the onset of symptoms on dates ranging from May 9, 2021, to June 24, 2021. These patients also mentioned several brand names.

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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.