A salmonella outbreak that started in July has been traced back to pepper-crusted salami from a meat company based in Rhode Island, according to a report on the Los Angeles Times.
Daniele, Inc. has responded by recalling 1.24 million pounds of the product over the weekend. An investigation of the salmonella outbreak that was conducted across several states was able to identify Daniele Inc. by comparing the shopping receipts of those who got sick. All told, 184 people got sick in 38 states.
The identification of the source was made by William Keene, a senior epidemiologist at Oregon’s public health division. He maintains, however, that more things need to be determined, such as whether it was the pepper or the meat that was contaminated. Eight people got sick in Oregon.
In Washington State, investigators found out that a majority of the fourteen residents who fell ill did their shopping at Costco, according to Keene. There was no comment from Costco, although the store has reportedly already posted a notice on its website.