(WFXR) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Food Safety Alert as they are investigating a salmonella outbreak involving Citterio brand Salame Sticks.
The CDC says 20 people from eight states — including Virginia — have reportedly gotten sick from eating these salame sticks. Three people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported.
Of those who have gotten sick, 80 percent are younger than 18 years of age.
The Citterio brand of salame sticks are primarily sold at Trader Joe’s grocery stores. The CDC says Trader Joe’s has voluntarily stopped selling the product until more is learned about the outbreak.
Investigators are working to determine whether or not additional products may be contaminated.
They say that this outbreak of salmonella is different from other ongoing salmonella outbreaks and is caused by a different strain of salmonella.
The CDC says you should not eat Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks purchased from any store. There is also no best-by date that has been deemed acceptable for consumption. If you have any, you should throw them away.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps six hours to six days after being exposed.
The illness usually lasts four to seven days.
Most people recover without treatment; however, in some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient is hospitalized.
Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body.
The most likely age groups to develop severe illness include children younger than five and adults 65 and older as well as people with weakened immune systems.
If you develop severe symptoms, you should contact your primary healthcare provider.
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