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CDC expands warning of Salmonella infections linked to recalled charcuterie meats as the cases almost doubled

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded its warning on Salmonella infections linked to recalled charcuterie meats with a new food safety alert on Thursday (Jan. 18). The news comes as cases seemingly doubled following its previous update on January 5th when there were 24 cases across 14 states.

Following the initial recall, 47 cases have been reported across 22 states. The food safety alert says the CDC is currently investigating if any additional products may be contaminated. So far, they have identified two specific products linked to the outbreak, Busseto brand Charcuterie Sample sold at Sam’s Club, and Fratelli Beretta brand Antipasto Gran Beretta sold at Costco.

“Once we were notified of the recall, we worked with the supplier to recall the lot code in question, removed this product from our clubs and implemented a sales block at our registers,” said a spokesperson for Sam’s Club per news.yahoo.com.

Costco addressed members who purchased Fratelli Beretta products in a letter stating that the brand had issued a voluntary recall on its charcuterie meat due to possible Salmonella contamination, the recall includes all products with a best-by date before June 13.

According to CNN Fratelli Beretta recalled more than 11,000 pounds of the charcuterie meat products for one specific lot code. However, the CDC’s active food safety alert warns consumers to dispose of the charcuterie samplers for either brand and from any lot while the investigation is ongoing.

Additionally, the CDC explained on their timeline for the outbreak that the actual number of sick individuals in the current outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported. The timeline segment explains that it could take 3 to 4 weeks to determine if a sick individual is part of an outbreak and that many people recover without medical care and without being tested for Salmonella. 

The CDC says to contact your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the severe Salmonella symptoms listed on their official site.

States reported to be affected so far are Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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