Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Salami Sticks

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Posted November 12, 2021

Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks. California officials found Salmonella in these products.

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 31  (10 new)
  • Hospitalizations: 6
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 10  (2 new)
  • Recall: Yes
  • Investigation status: Active
Salami stick packaging
Recalled Food

Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks

California officials found Salmonella in two packages of unopened Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks. Among 23 people who were interviewed about foods they ate before getting sick, 22 (96%) reported eating or maybe eating this product.

Investigators are working to determine if additional products may be contaminated.

What You Should Do
  • Do not eat recalled Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks. Throw them away or return them to the store.
  • Wash items and containers that may have touched the recalled product using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not peeing much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up
What Businesses Should Do
  • Do not sell or serve recalled Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with the recalled product.
Symptoms of Salmonella
  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
    • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
  • Some people—especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems—may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page.