Last updated: February 15, 2024
Washington State Department of Health is working with local and federal public health partners to investigate six Washington residents infected with a strain of Salmonella that has infected at least 87 people in 30 states. Several outbreak-associated cases have been linked to consumption of Italian-style charcuterie meats. Multiple types and brands of charcuterie meat products have been recalled because of possible Salmonella contamination.
All six Washington cases report consuming some type of Italian-style charcuterie meat prior to their illness.
Five out of six Washington cases consumed Fratelli Beretta brand Antipasto Gran Beretta sold at Costco which contains black pepper coated salami, Italian dry salami, dry coppa and prosciutto and is sold as a two-pack. This product is included in the current recall.
Washington State Case Information
Six Washington residents from four counties have been included in this outbreak, including Chelan (1), Douglas (1), King (2), and Spokane (2).
Coppa and charcuterie meat products containing Coppa:
Sold nationwide under these brands:
- Black Bear
- Culinary Tour
- Dietz and Watson
- Salumi Artigianali
Local, state, and federal partners are continuing to investigate the source of illness for outbreak-related cases and additional products may be recalled or identified as a possible source of infection in the future.
Advice to Consumers
- Check your refrigerator and freezer for any of the recalled products. Do not eat them. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them
- Wash surfaces and containers that may have touched the recalled product using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
- Contact your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
- Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
- Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
- Bloody diarrhea
- So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
- Signs of dehydration, such as:
- Not peeing much
- Dry mouth and throat
- Feeling dizzy when standing up
Advice to Retailers
Do not sell or serve the recalled products. Check with your distributors to ensure you did not receive these products. Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with these products.
Salmonellosis is a common bacterial infection caused by any of more than 2,000 strains of Salmonella. These bacteria infect the intestinal tract and occasionally the blood of both humans and animals. Annually, there are 700 to 1000 cases reported in Washington.
Symptoms of Salmonella
Symptoms typically appear 1 to 3 days after exposure and can include:
- Diarrhea that can be bloody
- Abdominal discomfort
- Occasional vomiting
Symptoms can last 4 to 7 days and usually resolve on their own with fluids and rest. Children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
Avoid eating high-risk foods, including raw or undercooked eggs, undercooked ground beef or poultry, and unpasteurized or raw milk.
Wash your hands after contact with animals, their food, or their living environment.