A package of salami sold at Trader Joe’s stores was linked to a growing salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than a dozen children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a food safety alert warning against consuming Citterio brand premium Italian-style salami sticks.
The health agency says it is monitoring a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections related to these foods.
As of Sunday, the CDC said 20 people reported experiencing salmonella-related symptoms, most of them under the age of 18. So far, three people have been hospitalized.
The Citterio snack is sold primarily at Trader Joe’s stores, but could be sold at additional retailers, according to the CDC. The company has voluntarily stopped selling the product until the CDC further investigates the outbreak.
The outbreak has been linked to eight states, including California, Kansas, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, New York and New Jersey. Records show that nearly half of the sick people have been to California.
The CDC alert warns consumers not to eat the product regardless of the expiration date.
Common symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, and they usually begin six hours after exposure. The CDC says that more people recover without receiving medical treatment after four to seven days.