Salmonella outbreak tied to salami and Italian sausage spreads, recall widens

Massive salmonella outbreak tied to salami gets bigger.An already massive recall of salami and Italian sausage linked to a 44-state salmonella outbreak is expanding again.

Well over 1 million pounds of meat made at the Rhode Island facilities of Daniele International has been recalled since late January, with another 116,000 pounds added this week.

In addition to meat sold under the Daniele label, its products also were sold under the popular deli brands Boar's Head and Dietz & Watson.

At least 230 people have been infected by the tainted meat from Alaska to Florida and Maine to California, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The company blames the outbreak on the black pepper used to coat the meats.

A full list of the recalled salami and sausage products can be found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service site.

In an effort to stem the fallout from this growing outbreak and recall, Daniele said it has changed spice suppliers and is now only using irradiated pepper. The company issued an apology to customers:

"When my grandfather founded this company in 1945 he built his business on quality products," president of sales Davide Dukcevich wrote in the letter. "Just as you had his commitment then, you have my commitment now that all of us here at Daniele will continue to work as hard as we can to strengthen our already strict standards for taste, quality and customer satisfaction."

Salmonella poisoning can cause a variety of gastrointestinal problems as well as fever.

Anyone with any of the recalled products can return them to the retailer where purchased for a refund. Daniele has an FAQ on its Web site. And, anyone with additional questions can call the company at 888-345-4160.
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