CDC Warns Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Italian-Style Meats

"Until specific Italian-style meat products are identified, reheat all Italian-style meats to 165°F or until steaming hot before eating if you are at higher risk for severe Salmonella illness (age 65+, weakened immune system, kids under 5)," warns the CDC.
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It’s a sad time for Italians, as we now have to think twice before eating our prosciutto, capocollo, and mortadella. 36 people in 17 states have been infected with either Salmonella infantis or Salmonella typhimurium.

22 of the 24 affected by the outbreak told investigators that prior to becoming sick, they ate Italian deli meats such as salami, prosciutto, capocollo, and soppressata.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is striving to track down the source of the outbreak. The CDC recently explained, “Heat all Italian-style meats to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot before eating if you are at higher risk.”

The CDC stated, “Heating food to a high enough temperature helps kill germs like Salmonella.” They recommend doing so until the exact brands and products causing the outbreak are identified.

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