Nationwide Alert: Salmonella Outbreak


In a significant health alert, federal health officials have issued an urgent warning to consumers about a salmonella outbreak linked to charcuterie meats sold at Costco and Sam’s Club. The outbreak has rapidly escalated, with the number of reported cases doubling to 47 across 22 states in just two weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised households to dispose of all packs of Fratelli Beretta brand Antipasto Gran Beretta charcuterie meat purchased from Costco and Busseto brand Charcuterie Sampler from Walmart’s Sam’s Club. This recall is part of an expanded investigation into the salmonella outbreak, which has seen a significant increase in reported cases.

The CDC’s warning comes on the heels of a previous alert regarding the Busseto brand Charcuterie Sampler, which was recalled earlier in January. Since the last update, 23 additional cases of salmonella have been reported, indicating that the outbreak is spreading.

Salmonella infection typically causes symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. To date, ten individuals have been hospitalized due to the severity of their symptoms. The CDC and other health agencies are working diligently to determine if further products may be contaminated and pose a risk to public health.

This outbreak follows another recent health scare where Quaker Oats was compelled to recall several granola products over similar salmonella contamination fears. Initially recalling a single product line on December 15, the company expanded its recall to include 24 additional products by January 12. The Food and Drug Administration has received numerous reports of adverse events related to these recalls.

Adverse events are not limited to medical issues; they also encompass consumer complaints about product taste, color, packaging defects, and other non-medical concerns. These incidents highlight the importance of stringent quality control measures and prompt action to protect consumers.

As the situation unfolds, consumers are urged to check their purchases and heed the recall notices to prevent any further illness. The CDC continues to monitor the outbreak and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

The recent recalls underscore the need for vigilance when it comes to food safety. Consumers trust that the products they purchase, especially food items, are safe for consumption. Retailers and manufacturers must uphold their responsibility to ensure that all products meet the highest safety standards to protect public health.