Public health officials in Oregon warn that a national recall of 1.2 million pounds of pepper-coated Daniele brand salami includes
eight cases of salmonella poisoning in Oregon and 14 cases in Washington state. There have been 184 cases nationwide.
No deaths have been reported so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has complete information.
Retail outlets should discard the products and consumers should return them for a refund.
The recall by Daniele International Inc. comes amid a multistate investigation of a salmonella outbreak that's sickened 184 people in 38 states since July.
Daniele Inc. has been identified as the source of the ongoing outbreak by William Keene, a senior epidemiologist at the public health division in Oregon, where eight people have gotten sick.
"This has been a very long and often frustrating investigation," Keene said in a statement. "We had gone down a lot of dead ends until the puzzle pieces finally started to fit together about this outbreak."
But Daniele spokesman Jason Maloni said "there's no evidence that points to us" as the source.
Maloni said 11 people who got sick ate salami from the Daniele Italian Brand Gourmet Pack, but that Rhode Island and federal officials have not linked the company's products with the outbreak.
"We're taking the prudent step in the event that further evidence does point to us," he said of the recall. "It is our responsibility to take this aggressive step."
In Washington, where 14 cases of the salmonella outbreak have been reported since July, officials are monitoring the situation, said Tim Church, spokesman for the state Department of Health.
One person from Washington was hospitalized, but all have recovered, Church said.
"We know investigations have implicated salami nationally, but that's really all we know. There's more work that needs to be done on this," Church said.
The salami has been sold grocery stores, warehouses and online. Retailers include Costco, Walmart, Sam's Club and Amazon. Some products are sold under the brand name Black Bear, or Dietz & Watson. All recalled products have a small round USDA mark that reads "EST. 54" or "EST. 9992".
Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer are not part of the recall, said Keene. He described this a "a funny outbreak" because of product involved - salami - which has a long shelf life. The first case dates back to summer 2009, he said.
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