Salmonella Outbreak Forces Salami Recall

The USDA has recalled 17,235 pounds of Daniele International salami because it is suspected of being contaminated with salmonella. To date, over 203 individuals have been sickened in 42 states, including one here in Alaska. Costco, a local retailer, is one of the retailers that has sold the company’s products.

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12ā€“72 hours after infection. Infection is usually diagnosed by culture of a stool sample. The illness usually lasts from 4 to 7 days. Although most people recover without treatment, severe infections may occur. Infants, elderly persons, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness. When severe infection occurs, Salmonella may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Sources:
Feb. 1, 2010, USDA

January 31, 2010, USDA

CDC Investigation of Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella