Last week, federal regulators added an additional 115,000 pounds of salami products from Daniele International, Inc. that is believed to be contaminated with the Montevideo strain of salmonella.
Over 230 people in 44 states and the District of Columbia, including 5 in Colorado, have fallen ill because of the tainted products according to the Centers for Disease Control. The company’s original recall on January 23rd included 1.24 million pounds of salami and other Italian sausage products.
This newest recall of 115,000 pounds of salami and sausage products rolled in mozzarella cheese were sold in 8-oz packages under the Daniele, Dietz & Watson and Boar’s Head labels.
Symptoms of the Montevideo strain of salmonella include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea and fever. For healthy teenagers and adults, symptoms from salmonella subside within a few days but young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems could potentially be at risk for a serious, life-threatening illness.
Health inspectors in Rhode Island found packages of black pepper in Daniele’s processing plant tainted with the same strain of salmonella that has infected people across the country. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to confirm the pepper as the source of the illness. The pepper manufacturer, a separate company, has voluntarily halted production of this product while the investigation continues.
If you’ve been adversely affected by tainted products like these that made you sick, please contact Colorado personal injury attorney R. Mack Babcock to see what legal options you have.