36 sickened from Salmonella outbreak linked to Italian-style meats

The CDC has linked Fratelli Beretta Italian meat products to a multistate Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 36 people in 17 states.

Judie Bizzozero, Content Director

August 30, 2021

2 Min Read
Italian style meats

Twelve people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates range from May 9 to July 27, 2021. On Aug. 27 Fratelli Beretta USA Inc. recalled approximately 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Infantis and/or Salmonella Typhimurium, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS),.

The recall involves ready-to-eat (RTE) uncured antipasto meat trays produced on Feb. 28, 2021 through Aug. 15, 2021 and sold at retail locations nationwide. Products affected by the recall include 24-ounce trays containing two 12-oucne packages of “Fratelli Beretta UNCURED ANTIPASTO PROSCIUTTO, SOPPRESSATA, MILANO SALAMI & COPPA” with best by dates of AUG 27 21 through FEB 11 22 and UPC code 073541305316. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 7543B” printed on the packaging next to the best by date. The recall does not include Italian-style meats sliced at a deli.

FSIS has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health partners to investigate a multistate outbreak of 36 Salmonella Typhimurium (23) and Salmonella Infantis (13) illnesses in 17 states, with onset dates ranging from May 9 through July 27, 2021. Twelve people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

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.

FSIS is concerned that some product is in consumers’ refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

About the Author(s)

Judie Bizzozero

Content Director, Informa Markets Health & Nutrition

Judie Bizzozero oversees food and beverage content strategy and development for the Health & Nutrition group at Informa Markets (which acquired VIRGO in 2014), including the Food & Beverage Insider, Natural Products Insider and SupplySide/Food ingredients North America brands. She reports on market trends, science-based ingredients, and challenges and solutions in the development of healthy foods and beverages. Bizzozero graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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