Read This If You've Recently Bought Salami Sticks From Trader Joe's

There are plenty of foods you could reach for when you start to get in the snacking mood, though there are some options that do a better job at keeping satisfied than others. A bag of salty Lay's potato chips or a chocolate chip cookie would be undeniably tasty on the occasion that your tummy starts rumbling. However, you may be better off grabbing a meat stick when you're looking to munch on something in between meals. Not only are these savory treats packed with protein, which Best Reviews notes will help keep you full longer, but they are also incredibly convenient, not to mention that there's a flavor that can satisfy meat-loving tastebuds. However, there is a health concern around one variety of the popular keto-friendly snack that Trader Joe's shoppers need to be aware of.

According to a food safety alert issued by the Center for Disease Control, the Citterio brand Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks sold at Trader Joe's and Wegman's, and possibly other stores, need to be avoided at all costs, as they have been linked to a salmonella outbreak. There is currently no product recall. However, if you've recently picked up a package of the meat sticks from the above grocery chains, or any other store, the CDC is advising you to throw them away immediately.

More than 20 people are sick after eating Citterio Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks

Thus far, a total of 21 people between the ages of two and 75 have been affected by the current salmonella outbreak that is linked to the Citterio Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks commonly sold at Trader Joe's and Wegman's (via The CDC). Cases span across eight states: California, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia, though Eat This, Not That! warns that there may be more due to people contracting and recovering from the disease without reporting it. Illnesses were reported between September 18 and October 3 of 2020. However, the CDC advises people to throw away all Citterio Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks regardless of the sell-by date marked on the package. It is also being advised to wash anything that has come in contact with the product in hot, soapy water or a dishwasher.

The CDC reports that signs of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, and can begin as soon as six hours after being infected. If you believe you have recently consumed any Citterio Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks and have started experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you contact your healthcare provider right away.