400 tonnes of meat recalled in the US market
Almost 400 tonnes of meat produced by Fratelli Beretta USA are recalled from the US market due to salmonella contamination, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Uncured Antipasto trays were produced by the company between February 28, 2021 and August 15, 2021, with best by dates of Aug 27, 2021, through Feb 11, 2022.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been investigating a combined outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections and an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections and found a link to Fratelli Beretta products. Combined, the outbreaks are responsible for 36 illnesses in 17 states with 12 hospitalizations and no deaths. As of Aug. 26 the data for the two outbreaks is being reported together because the investigations have been combined. No new cases have been reported since the previous notice on Aug. 24.
“Epidemiologic data show that Fratelli Beretta brand prepackaged “Uncured Antipasto” trays may be contaminated with Salmonella and may be making people sick,” according to the CDC’s outbreak alert.
Because of the long shelf life of the meat product, there is concern that consumers may have it in their homes. Consumers are advised to check the label information of any product they have on hand. If the codes match the recalled products the meat should immediately be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Some ill people reported eating Fratelli Beretta brand uncured antipasto before they got sick and the traceback investigation confirmed that some of the ill people purchased uncured antipasto trays produced by Fratelli Beretta USA, Inc. FSIS continues to work with the CDC and state and local public health partners on this investigation to determine if additional products are linked to illness. FSIS will provide updated information if it becomes available.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 6 hours to 6 days after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.
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