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At Least 21 People Are Sick After Eating This Trader Joe's Item, CDC Says

Fourteen of the people reported eating this snack and then getting sick.
FACT CHECKED BY Amanda McDonald

Twenty-one people have been confirmed sick from Salmonella after eating Citterio brand salami sticks, according to a food safety warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The salami sticks are commonly sold in Trader Joe's and Wegmans grocery stores but they may be in other retailers as well.

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So far, the illnesses span across eight states: California, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Kansas. Six people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in September. However, the CDC warned that the true number of people impacted is likely higher because many people recover from Salmonella without medical intervention and never get tested.

The CDC connected the outbreak to Citterio brand salami sticks after interviewing people confirmed sick with Salmonella. Of the 15 people interviewed, all but one reported having consumed or possibly consumed the salami.

Trader Joe's salami
Courtesy of the CDC

The Salmonella outbreak impacting Citterio salami is believed to be unrelated to the Salmonella outbreak related to onions, which has sickened more than 650 people across 37 states.

Common symptoms of Salmonella are a fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. The CDC recommends that people call their healthcare provider if they think they are experiencing severe Salmonella symptoms.

The CDC warns grocers like Trader Joe's not to sell the salami snacks as a result of the outbreak. Additionally, consumers are encouraged to throw away all Citterio salami sticks regardless of the sell-by date and to wash items and containers that came in contact with the product.

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Hayley Starshak
Hayley is a graduate journalism student at Northwestern University, where she specializes in investigative reporting. Read more