Salmonella Outbreak Investigation: Italian-Style Meats Have Been Linked to Illnesses in 17 States
Public health officials are still investigating the outbreaks linked to salami, prosciutto and other meats found in antipasto and charcuterie. No recalls have been made yet.
As of August 24, 2021 36 people across 17 states have fallen ill with salmonella, a bacterial infection that can make some people quite sick, especially those 65 and older, those under 5 years old and those who are immunocompromised. This is an active investigation and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are currently conducting interviews and collecting data to determine the exact source of the outbreaks. So far, they have determined that those who reported symptoms all ate Italian-style meats like salami, prosciutto and other meats found in antipasto and charcuterie. The exact source(s) and brands(s) have not yet been identified.
Where Is the Recall?
People who have fallen ill live in states that span from coast-to-coast including: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Maryland and Virginia.
What If You Live in an Affected State?
Until there is an official recall people who live in these states should heat all Italian-style meats to 165 degrees F or higher before eating. Any potential salmonella will be destroyed. Keep up-to-date on this investigation and future recalls by signing up for the CDC’s food safety email list.